Dixie's a palomino Appaloosa, she hasn't got the dark legs. I thought that was mud but now I can see that he's only 'muddy' on the spots because he's buckskin.
Rephrase: Ryder looks the exact same from the knees up!
Ya, the light mane and tail really trip people up. He was sold as a palomino but he technically does have dark points.
His ear tips are dark brown, his legs are brown and there are brown hairs in his mane/tail. It's the appy patterning that makes the mane/tail light coloured.
Basically the colour appaloosas have is where the white *isn't* covering. So a black leopard appaloosa is like a black horse wearing a white jump suit with lots of holes in it!
I want to do a winter portrait session with our horses, so we'll get him cleaned up as much as we can with the cold weather and I'll get some lovely photos of him :)
Here's one of him in the rain, my friend loves that he has a full mane and tail (her appy isn't so blessed).
Ryder by Nix Alba, on Flickr
This photo shows the brown/black in his forelock:
Ryder I by Nix Alba, on Flickr