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.