We have been having an unusually cold October here in Charlotte. I remember when I was a kid, horsemen telling me that horses coating up early meant a cold winter. I hope they are wrong! But I thought I would share a picture of Sprinkle’s three-dimensional spots. They were more pronounced a few weeks ago when she first started getting her winter coat, but the rest of her coat has started to catch up. As best I can tell, the black hair on the spots just grows in faster than the surrounding white hair, because eventually the two areas even out. But for a few weeks in the fall, she looks like she’s covered in black pom-poms.
I am also in denial about her color. I warned friends that, no, she probably wouldn’t remain black (well, blackish) and white forever. I told them that appaloosas usually roan with age and that she was unlikely to be an exception. But I must admit that I think of her as having a black forehand, and she usually does help maintain my illusions by getting darker in the winter. As this current picture shows, though, the average person would not say that is a “black and white” horse. They would say “gray and white”. Sigh.
But she has been gaining in maturity as a trade-off for the lost pigment, so I can’t complain.