By Patty Wilber
Some Appaloosa coat patterns change color dramatically over time. Dilute colors like buckskins tend to vary seasonally.
Here is a set of photos for three horses. I am kind of sad to say, after all these months snapping, the camera did not do a great job of capturing the changes. Or it might be *gasp* the photographer’s fault. I should have used the same location and the same approximate lighting. Since I really don’t want to wait another year to post this blog, I am going with what I’ve got.
The changes were was more obvious to me in person. But there you go.
Oh and I sold one horse in the middle…!
September 2013, LT. Dapples.
LT, October 2013.
LT, November 2013.
LT, Dec. 2013. Note dark on her face.
LT, Jan 2014. Dark on her cheek bone.
LT, Mar. 2014. Still has the neck and face darkness.
LT, April 2014. Not shed out much yet.
LT, May 2014. The dark is mostly gone. Her coat has a shimmer to it and is a lot more golden. The camera does not capture this very well, but she looks good in person!
LT, early June, 2014. The dapples are coming in. You can sort of see the sheen of her coat. No dark on her neck or face.
LT, late June, 2014
LT, mid-August, 2014.
Lacey, September 2013.
Lacey, October 2013. Dark winter hair appearing.
Lacey, November 2013.
Lacey, Dec. 2013. Darker (and hairy-er)
Lacey, Jan. 2014. Picture kind of washed out…
Lacey, Mar. 14. Dark!
Lacey, April 2014. Dark shedding leaving really pretty, but temporary dapples.
Lacey, May, 2014. Mostly shed out–looking a lot more like the September picture.
Lacey, early June 2014.
Lacey, late June 2014
Lacey, August 2014. So this coat looks so much lighter than the Late June pic and it is just not. Picture fail!
Toots as a baby! You can hardly tell it is her except for the white hind sock!
Toots September 2013 at 4 yrs old–her legs are dark
Toots, October 2013. Legs lighter.
Toots, November 2013
Toots, Dec. 2013. Much lighter as her longer winter hair is white.
Then I sold Toots…
So, that gives a rudimentary idea of some seasonal changes in coat color!
Next week I might do fall flowers, some from horseback.