So as most of you know, I just recently bought a new mare. She was advertised as Grulla. But as there has been some question of her color in some of my other posts, I started to do some research. I had never seen a grulla in person before, so I just figured that is what she was. Someone had suggested she was a sooty/smutty buckskin. So I looked more into that color. She shows most of the characteristics of a sooty buckskin.
Most of the sites I've looked on, say smutty/sooty buckskins have dapples. And she does, oddly enough. When we first went to look at her, she didn't have any dapples what-so-ever. The day I went to get her, her dapples have appeared and have stayed ever since.
She also has a very distinct dorsal stripe. But I also read that counter-shading is a form of the Sooty / Smutty gene which mimics the dorsal stripe associated with Dun. Sites also say that their sooty color comes and go's with the seasons. Her previous owners say that in the summer, she is more of a golden tone. Let me know what you guys think. I'll post some pictures that were taken for her for sale ad, which were taken this spring and then some pictures of now.
The first two are from her for sale ad.
The last two are from the day I got her home. October 1, 2010