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    08-07-2013, 05:35 PM
TWH Changed Color? Maybe?

I'm not very good at uploading photos the way I want, but I'll give it a go and see if it works.

My TWH has seemingly changed color.
His papers list him as black.
He was black when we got him.
He stayed black for months, no stall, no blankets, without fading.

In the past couple of weeks, however, he has been looking more bay-ish and there's stripes in his coat (which may or may not be clear in the photo). It looks kind of like a brindle dog, right around the stifle/belly/flank area.

I am completely unfamiliar with adult horses (he's 5) changing color, so if anyone has any info on this, I'd appreciate it. Maybe he isn't *actually* a black horse after all...

Photo 1 should be a shot taken in the weeks right before we got him, est. November or December 2012. He's standing by a gate. (old color.jpg)

Photo 2 should be a shot taken earlier this week, August 2013. He's halfway under the run-in, but he's mostly still in the sun. (Color.jpg)

Thanks :)
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    08-07-2013, 05:39 PM
On my computer, he doesn't look black in the first photo. He looks brown. In the second he looks bay.
    08-07-2013, 05:46 PM
He's brown.

See the lighter areas on his soft points (under his flank, elbow, by his eye, around his muzzle, on the points of his butt under the tail)? Those are classic signs of a brown horse.

Also, seasonal coat color changes are a hallmark if brown horses. How long have you owned him?

Many many MANY brown horses are misregistered as bay or black because their foal coat color looks like one or the other. Genetically, they are very close, so it's understandable.
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    08-07-2013, 05:57 PM
I agree, the first picture isn't the best example of when he looks black, but I couldn't find my winter pictures. The contrast of having snow on the ground made him look really, really black. Oh well.

We've had him for less than a year.

Honestly, it doesn't make much difference to me what color he is, but it really threw me for a loop. I was cruising along with my black horse and then all of a sudden, I had another bay, and it was very surprising. Hence the question.

The misregistration thing makes a lot of sense. Thanks!
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    08-07-2013, 06:10 PM
He looks like a sun bleached black to me- I used to ride a few black horses that turned brown behind the ears there from it being moist with sweat and the sun beaming on it- like a reverse sun tan, lol.

But the other lighter parts of his body is where horses sweat and sunbleach out.

He is black, lol.
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    08-07-2013, 07:01 PM
If this is the same horse as the one in your avatar, then I agree that he is likely a black that has been sunbleached. When they sweat (often on the neck/shouders and the flanks), that is where they bleach out the worst, which can make them look brown sometimes.

There is one school of thought that the diet of a horse will affect how much or how little they bleach out in the sun and your guy could sure use some more weight.
    08-07-2013, 07:03 PM
You have one of the those "Amish Black" horses, who stay black as long as you keep them out of the sun! I have one, too.
    08-07-2013, 07:14 PM
I'd say he is a sun-faded black. I have one. Its sad.
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    08-07-2013, 07:38 PM
I agree with sun faded black.
    08-07-2013, 08:37 PM
This horse is NOT agouti based just a black who has sun faded. The lighter areas around the flank are sweat fading.
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