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post #31 of 94 Old 09-28-2011, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by trailhorserider View Post
I guess I am the only one that doesn't see Appaloosa in him. Yeah, he's funky, but I don't know if he's funky in an Appaloosa way. I think he's way more unique than that!

First glance he looks like a brindle. But then he reminds me of the strange pinto on this page too, because he almost looks like he has tobiano type markings.

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Chimeric perhaps? He's really beautiful and unique! I can't believe he slipped by in an auction. I would have brought him home for sure, especially since he's saddle broke. And gaited too, what a cool horse!

PS. My guess on breed is Tennessee Walker or Missouri Fox Trotter.
We don't see any appy in him either! most people automatically think that when the see spots. and thank you yes he is beautiful, I fell in love at first sight even in the dark barn, lost my breath when they walked him into the barn! What is really funny is all my my husband could say is that he was huge and ugly! even after we got him home then when we turned him loose and he got all comfy and stretched out my husband just went WOW! now he is love almost as much as me!
He looks to be part walker and then we found this pic and they look remarkably alike
Breeds of Livestock - Byelorussian Harness Horse

we are going to have him tested, which is something I never thought I would do! Our horses are part of our family and I don't care about breeding, bloodlines, etc. they just have to have a big heart (which he does)
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post #32 of 94 Old 09-28-2011, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Day Mares View Post
Aw what a cool and colourful horse you have! From the two pics I've seen I guess that he is TWH X Spotted Saddle Horse. He seems large - is he physically big in person?
thank you and yes he is very big in person he completely shades my SSH (& of course my TWH mare) and towers over my husbands 16h 1200lb QH
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post #33 of 94 Old 09-28-2011, 09:05 AM
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I wonder.....

There was a time when people, who stole horses, would alter appearances by freeze branding facial markings etc. This was detectable when it was discovered (according to an article I read many years ago) that the white hair produced by this had a different color when put under flourescent light.

This altered hair is, for all intents and purposes "scar tissue" hair. If the white mottling is from disease "scarring", might it not show that same characteristic? Could it be tested?

As I said, the article I read about the freeze brand hair was a LONG time ago. I don't know if it is still considered accurate. I will try to find out.
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post #34 of 94 Old 09-28-2011, 09:13 AM
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Allison - that is why we are bringing up a skin issue. The mare previously posted is very similar to this gelding in that way and her markings, if I am remembering correctly, were caused by scaring from a skin issue. I believe it was a fungal issues that caused her to scar, but I could be wrong.
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post #35 of 94 Old 09-28-2011, 10:11 AM
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Is the skin under his tail and in his nether regions solid or speckled in anyway?
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post #36 of 94 Old 09-28-2011, 10:26 AM
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Does look like a Byelorussian horse but also a bit like a Pintoloosa as he appears to have mottled skin on eyes but can say for sure. Is there mottled skin on eyes, nose, and nether regions as alforddm put it?
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post #37 of 94 Old 09-28-2011, 10:54 AM
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Please let us know what the results are, OP! I've seen some very interesting colors, but never anything like this. Like everyone else, I'm also curiouse to know the color of his skin around his man-parts, lips, and eyes- as well as the color of his hooves? Those things could be very helpful in determining his breed.

If he really is only five, his color could still be changing.

As for being an appy- he doesn't look very appy-ish to me, but I'm seeing low-quality pictures. Perhaps when it stops raining you could some conformation shots of him, as well as those closeups! He's stumping me, but appies are known to be as big as 17 hands at times...

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post #38 of 94 Old 09-28-2011, 11:14 AM
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Subbing. Read the thread, so now I'm interested.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #39 of 94 Old 09-28-2011, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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I am amazed at some of the comments on here I didn't realize there were so many options to what caused his coloring! I knew he was different when I saw him just didn't know HOW different! I'm really excited to find out about him. And yes I will get some more pics on here as soon as I can
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post #40 of 94 Old 09-28-2011, 12:01 PM
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The Byelorussian horse is just a plain ol' dapple gray--common and boring, and not at all what is going on with your horse.
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