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post #1 of 10 Old 06-24-2012, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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Sooty? Dapple? Brindle? What the heck color is he?!

So my second-littlest one, Bandit, just turned 6 this year, and a friend of mine and I were looking at older photos of him and his brother and comparing them to how they look now. Dante really hasn't changed much, but Bandit is another story!
He started out just a run-of-the-mill chestnut with a bit of lighter shading on his lower legs and underbelly, just like both his parents and his brother have.
But we noticed that now, he's still got a tiny bit of that lighter shading, but he also has this dark splotchiness -- a bit like dapples, or very very light brindle -- along most of his legs and the lower half of his sides.

Basically, his entire topline is chestnut (with a few extremely sparse white hairs, mostly on his butt), then about halfway down his body it starts fading into chestnut mixed with black hairs, and then fades into a very pale chestnut, at the edges of his belly (where you'd see white mostly on a minimal rabicano) and the tiniest bit near his hooves.
(I'm trying to get pictures, but my camera seems to have gone M.I.A.)

Now, at first I just thought it was a bit of dappling, but I usually see that start it's spread over the back and flanks, and get paler as it goes further down the body or stays pretty uniform all over. Bandit's is nowhere to be seen along his upper body, neck, or face! My friend said it's like he found a dapple pond and waded through it.

Anyone heard of something like this? I've never seen it in my life, and can't seem to find anything similar on the internet. It's gotten me really curious!
I'll try to borrow a camera in the next couple days and catch a photo of him to update this with.
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I had a look at the pictures you already have up. It looks like he is darker under his winter coat. Has he finished shedding?

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Ahh, most the pictures I have up are pretty old. (I spend more time playing with them than taking pictures of them. XD) I looked through them and all the other pictures I have of him trying to find one that shows what I mean, but I don't think I've actually taken a good picture of him since he was 3 or 4, and like I mentioned, this..... sootiness or whatever is a fairly recent development.
He's beyond shedded out -- we had a very short winter out here, they've been shedded out for months.
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So my second-littlest one, Bandit, just turned 6 this year, and a friend of mine and I were looking at older photos of him and his brother and comparing them to how they look now. Dante really hasn't changed much, but Bandit is another story!
He started out just a run-of-the-mill chestnut with a bit of lighter shading on his lower legs and underbelly, just like both his parents and his brother have.
But we noticed that now, he's still got a tiny bit of that lighter shading, but he also has this dark splotchiness -- a bit like dapples, or very very light brindle -- along most of his legs and the lower half of his sides.

Basically, his entire topline is chestnut (with a few extremely sparse white hairs, mostly on his butt), then about halfway down his body it starts fading into chestnut mixed with black hairs, and then fades into a very pale chestnut, at the edges of his belly (where you'd see white mostly on a minimal rabicano) and the tiniest bit near his hooves.
(I'm trying to get pictures, but my camera seems to have gone M.I.A.)

Now, at first I just thought it was a bit of dappling, but I usually see that start it's spread over the back and flanks, and get paler as it goes further down the body or stays pretty uniform all over. Bandit's is nowhere to be seen along his upper body, neck, or face! My friend said it's like he found a dapple pond and waded through it.

Anyone heard of something like this? I've never seen it in my life, and can't seem to find anything similar on the internet. It's gotten me really curious!
I'll try to borrow a camera in the next couple days and catch a photo of him to update this with.
All right, I finally got my hands on a camera (well, my friend's cell phone) and got some... decent shots of his unknown markings. Sorry for the delay.

This is probably the best one we managed to get -- his flank.


And his leg


Most of the other pictures really didn't turn out -- I'll try to get an overall body picture if anyone thinks it'll help, but that seemed to be the hardest to get to turn out.
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Ah, and I finally got a good-ish overall picture



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Dappling caused by good health IMO.

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Looks like he's a sooty flaxen sorrel, with dappling from good health.
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Dappling caused by good health IMO.
Do they really dapple from bottom up like that? I've never seen such a thing!
Except on dapple greys, I've never even seen a horse with dappling on his legs!
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I agree with the others on sooty flaxen chestnut with dapples.
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Do they really dapple from bottom up like that? I've never seen such a thing!
Except on dapple greys, I've never even seen a horse with dappling on his legs!
They can dapple from the bottom up. My haflinger also does it too(This is the best picture of her dapples I have):


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