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post #1 of 21 Old 08-04-2014, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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What is happening to his color?

I bought this horse in the summer as a 2 year old and he was slick and black. When his winter coat came in it was a weird, yellowish color and he has never gone back to black in the 3 years we have owned him. I thought he was sunburned but it does not make sense that he is darker in the summer when his coat is short. He was moved so for this past year he has been in a barn and out of the sun so I am pretty sure he is not burned. He is on a very good diet and just to make certain he gets cacoliv copper supplement every week. He gets lighter every year with his coat change?I am pretty sure I do not have a black horse since he has not been black since the first summer. The riding pic was taken in February when he was a little fuzzy and the other was taken aug. 3 right in the heat of summer, he is not as dull as he looks it is just very overcast and I take poor pictures, he is actually very shiny.
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post #2 of 21 Old 08-04-2014, 08:55 PM
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I'm waiting for the color gurus but my vote would be he's a brownskin
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post #3 of 21 Old 08-04-2014, 09:08 PM
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i would say he is brown, not black. also is there any body clipping on him ?
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post #4 of 21 Old 08-04-2014, 09:43 PM
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Do you know what colors his parents were?

He really looks fading black (not brown IMO...if he was brown, he'd have the cinnamon points associated with brown), but maybe even smokey black, since he's not really going back to true black ever.
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post #5 of 21 Old 08-04-2014, 11:56 PM
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I agree about not being brown since there is no light points (muzzle, flanks, elbows, point of buttock, etc) in the February picture. He's definitely a black base, but whether he's just a fading black or is a smoky black, IMHO, only testing can tell.
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No, I have never body clipped him, his mom is a black and white paint but I am not sure of his dad because his mom was a pregnant rescue and we have no background, they did not know she was pregnant. He was born black and stayed black until his first winter with me, he is not in the sun for that to be the cause and he just keeps getting lighter. My daughter thinks it is very cool that he changes his hair color about as often as she does hers, but I am just very curious.
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post #7 of 21 Old 08-05-2014, 01:59 AM
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Well, he's definitely black-based.

I'm leaning toward smokey black, but as smrobs said, you'd have to test him to be sure. It's a $25 test from UC Davis and requires just a few hairs sent in with roots attached. Horse Tests

Google smokey black horse and he looks a lot like he could be.
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i see that there is lighter coloring on his flank area, and on his butt and croup.
Not his muzzle. Be interesting to see what a DNA shows. ;)
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I know you said you didn't know what dad could be but almost looks kinda like he has a halter horse butt
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post #10 of 21 Old 08-05-2014, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
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He does have quite the booty! Thank you for the link, I will do the DNA test and let you know the results when I get them.
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