Some cool horses

Jag

(Previously posted on January 15, 2009 on the Blackberry Lane Studio Blog.)

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.

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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.

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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.

[Update: Jag tested negative for all three splash white mutations (SW1, SW2 and SW3). He was also negative for frame overo. It may be that he carries some new, as-yet-unidentified splash pattern, but for the moment the cause remains a mystery.]

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2 Responses to Some cool horses

  1. Pat May 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

    What is Jag? He’s adorable, regardless.

  2. The Equine Tapestry May 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    His owner was told that he was part Mustang, but who really knows? He is really cute, though.

    Another interesting thing about his is that he still has very little roaning. The one side of his face is more noticeably roaned now, but other than that his body color hasn’t really changed much at all. If all appaloosas roan out eventually, he’s sure taking his time about it!