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Buckskin Silver

One of the best places to find horses with unusual coloring are trail rides. In many breeds, traditional colors dominate the show ring, but among the horses used for pleasure riding there is often a lot more variation. That is what I was hoping to find at the recent Latta Plantation Poker Run. I got there a little too early to see many horses, but I did get these pictures of “Peaches”, a Rocky Mountain Horse.

I wanted to share her because she is a really good example of what happens to silver dilutes with age. Peaches is a buckskin silver, and according to her owner she is seventeen. I apologize for the extreme in perspective (my camera has been out-of-whack in that regard for a while), but I wanted to show just how dark her tail was. Pale manes and tails tend to darken with age, and silvers are no exception. It is not unusual to find an aged silver with a tail almost indistinguishable from a non-diluted horse of the same color. The manes usually keep their lighter ends, but it might be a stretch to call them flaxen. It could also be easily mistaken for sun-fading.

Peaches also had a really cool trait that seems to be more common in horses carrying two separate dilution genes (silver and cream in this case), but it can be found in horses without any dilution at all. That is a hazel eye.

Peaches was great for holding still while I got a number of close-ups, although I did have to keep brushing her long forelock out of the way. (Click on the picture to see a larger version.) I am going to have to try to work this trait into a ceramic horse at some point, because it sure is striking.

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Some cool horses

I’ve been busy catching up on neglected tasks and cleaning out the studio, hoping that clearing out the clutter (both the literal and mental sort) will improve productivity. So I don’t yet have a glazed Imp, but I thought I would share pictures of Jag. He’s the new horse at the barn where I keep my mare, Sprinkles. He has a really fun personality

He’s also most likely carrying the splash overo gene. It might be hard to see in this photo, but this right eye is partially blue. His muzzle is interesting, too, because that isn’t mottled skin. It’s actually white hair on dark skin, and it only appears on this one side. The other side is dark.

My camera had a hard time capturing them, but he also has really pronounced reverse dappling.

Jag has had me thinking about how much the horse world has changed in recent years. He brings the number of appaloosas at our barn up to five. We also have four pintos and six palominos, but only three bays. For years the common complaint in the model horse community has been that we have a disproportionate number of “odd” colors, unlike the real world where most horses are bay or chestnut. It does seem that this has been changing somewhat.

One of my favorites at the barn, Omi, is bay. Despite his advanced age (28), I suspect I don’t have to tell anyone his breed. He is still used regularly as a lesson horse, and has the most amazing trot. I hope I age this well!

Like my own mare, he’s hard to photograph because he’s a love sponge. I have a lot of pictures of the end of Omi’s nose, instead of his neat tipped-in ears, because he always scoots in closer right before I snap the picture.

The presence of clutter in my studio (and my life) undermine my productivity, but spending time among horses is absolutely the best thing for it. I purchased Sprinkles almost three years ago because I thought unlimited access to an anatomical model would be helpful in my sculpting. What I didn’t realize then was that being around horses on a regular basis would help almost every aspect of my work.

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