Originally Posted by lucky2008
Don't blue roans usually turn blackish in the winter?
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Some do, some don't. However, your boy isn't 'classic' roan, which on a black base is called blue. Your guy is a 'varnish' roan, which is being cause by the appaloosa genes.
Better photos would be a side on shot of him in good light (not too late in the afternoon tho), a close up of his face side on, and maybe one of his lower leg too. I am inclined to think that he is a black based appy, and that his hair is just really thin over his muzzle area. It just doesn't seem right for brown mealyness to me. However, without photos that show these areas really well, it is really hard to tell.