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Poseidon 04-25-2012 11:37 PM

Seasonal Color Change
 
I feel like this topic has come up quite a bit lately or at least be an influence in skewing the colors of queries that have been posted over the last few months. Sooo since I was having my own little photoshoot today, I decided this might be beneficial for everyone, starring my own mare Abby. She is an 8 year old buckskin SPB Paint.

Typical summer coat from last July and September 2010, respectively. Fairly bright gold.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50...C_5409edit.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50...y/DSC_4577.jpg

Fall coat. Getting darker. Somewhat orangey.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50...y/DSC_6436.jpg

Winter. Suddenly becomes part grizzly bear. And this picture does not do justice to the shade of orange this horse turns. Once I did not recognize her in her stall because I only saw her back and thought it was a sorrel horse.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50...DSC_4808-1.jpg

Spring during shedding. I have already brushed out a lot of her winter coat, so this is lighter than she was a couple weeks ago. She sheds out sooty-looking. Looks absolutely filthy, but it is dark brown hairs all over her back, neck, jaw, and butt.
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50...y/DSC_6893.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y50...y/DSC_6916.jpg

The dark hairs lighten up/shed out and we start the process over again. I hope this example shows how much a coat can change over the course of a year.

CLaPorte432 04-25-2012 11:48 PM

She's beautiful. I love her when she's sooty. My favorite shade of buckskin. :-)

Chiilaa 04-25-2012 11:54 PM

Pretty sure that Abby needs a long spell... in Australia...

Poseidon 04-26-2012 12:01 AM

:lol: Only if you can work on her collection while loping, Chiilaa. I took about 250-300 pictures of her running around that paddock and a good chunk of them are all strung out like a dumb giraffe. Guess I know what we're going to try to do over the summer.. Or really, we'll both come visit. I would love to visit Australia. :D

Chiilaa 04-26-2012 12:02 AM

Sure. I will work on that. Promise. Honest. Send her on over :-P

flytobecat 04-26-2012 12:09 AM

Mona does the same thing. UGH!

ilovepie32 04-30-2012 10:21 PM

Changing colors
 
She changes quite a bit!!

I had a sorrel horse named Pie that was a very bright red in the winter, but as he shedded into his summer coat, he turned a dark chocolatey brown :) He was my baby!

AnnaHalford 05-02-2012 06:46 AM

It's funny, in the fourth picture - the grizzly bear one - she doesn't look like the same horse. Not the colour - the head. Something about the profile? Anyway, she's lovely.
As the owner of a sooty buck(brown?)skin, I am now super-curious to see what my mare does in terms of colour changing. Until now she's been reasonably constant, but it's true I haven't seen her through winter yet. She's darker than Abby, but who knows? Maybe she'll turn orange too...
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...0301-00155.jpg


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