|Like what is that light brown spot on his neck? This is from about a month ago|
And his dam:
But his color doesn't seem to stay the same, and I am not just talking about sun fading.
|From pretty uniformly dark in winter|
|White hairs have come in all over his rump|
and his back
|The butt dapples are hard to capture but you can see|
them to the right of his tail here.
I expected the sun fading, and there has been some of that. But he lives in a UV protected fly sheet so the sun doesn't entirely explain the changes. The pictures below are a month after the top picture and he is basically a different color
|Parts of him are sort of dun colored, a lot of him is what I can only describe |
as brown, and then we have those bright patches
Having only owned chestnuts previously, they had their own weird color things, but this has been a new experience for me. I thought maybe this was normal for all bays but I get lots of comments on his coloration at the barn from people with bays of various shades so I think he must be somewhat unique.
And here I thought I bought the boringest, plainest colored horse on earth.
|Don't call me boring lady|
His name plate says "The Odinpotamus"
because he is a hungry, hungry hippo
So far, I am not sure which of his colors is my favorite but I am enjoying have the horse of many (bay) colors.
In other news, his various attempts at self destruction have been healing well
The hoof crack on his right hind has started growing out and his knee looks great.
He has been excellent under saddle as well. Our big takeaway lately has been if the human's shoulders stay back (spoiler alert - they don't), the horse doesn't drag on the forehand as much. In general, Odin took a huge leap forward in his canter and jumping work this week. It will be interesting to see if he stays on that trajectory or plateaus or regresses a bit.
I won't know right away - I leave Wednesday for a week in Europe on a business trip - but I am excited to see where he is at when I get back.