Funny I always assumed he was a champagne (maybe not gold?) because he has really light eyes. But he doesn't have freckled skin, he has lavender skin :3
I just ran downstairs and got some pictures of his eyes
This was him a few years ago, back when I first started driving him when he was healthy and in a summer coat:
And yes - he has definitely got a personality on him! Much like a puppy dog ^^ I don't really care what color he is, but if he's not champagne it explains his belgian-hood :P
I haven't got a stick to measure him with either, just a tape that he wouldn't stand for xD
But what do people think of his conformation?
He has neat eyes, but I still don't see champagne in any other trait of his... Not any of the champagne dilutions (red is diluted to gold, bay is diluted to amber, black is diluted to classic (a mousey color), and if there is a double up of dilutions (like with cream, or dun) the coat tends to wind up paler still.
Here is my DNA tested Amber Cream Champagne (so, in simple terms she is a buckskin with champagne, and we know it for fact because it was confirmed by testing), her coat is ultra pale because of the cream gene paired with the Chamapagne, not all of them are so pale coated, but none are red, bay or black looking, they always have that goldish/champagne tone.
You can see she has light gold eyes, and her skin is freckled (similar to what we see on Appies)
You could always have him tested, if he were positive for champagne, I bet there are quite a few people who study horse color genetics who would find him a facinating case, I know I'd be very surprised if DNA test results were positive for champagne with this horse.