Mottling on non-greys


In the comments section of the previous post, Jo-Ann Ferre mentioned mottling on non-greys, which is also unrelated to appaloosa patterning. That reminded me of one of the pictures in the upcoming book, of the early 20th century Percheron stallion Keror. He was a prize winner in his day, despite the extensive loss of pigment on his face. I’ve seen this on a wide variety of breeds, but whatever the cause it does not seem to run in families or be passed along to offspring. Perhaps that is why breeders have been willing to use stallions like this in years past.

I also apologize for the delay in posts and in replies to private questions. I am slogging through what I hope are the last revisions to the book, so that is consuming the lion’s share of my attention. I should be back to more regular posting in a few days.


3 Responses to Mottling on non-greys

  1. Threnody September 8, 2011 at 9:20 pm #

    Looking forward to the book. I hope you can release a colored digital version!

  2. The Equine Tapestry September 9, 2011 at 7:20 am #

    I am looking forward to it being done! 😀

    I do plan to release a color ebook version, but I am also looking into doing a small run of a color paper version as well. I had thought that would be cost prohibitive, and I still think it is for a lot of people. But I’ve had enough ask for it that it might make sense to make it available.

    The book would need to be reformatted, though, since it is set up for black and white. A lot of the pictures in the book are historical, since breed history is really what the book is about, and a lot of those are black and white. (Like the one of Keror here.) I have pictures that I would have run if the book was color, like ones that show how Black Forest Horses are too red to be silver dapple. So in addition to replacing pictures that have color versions, I’d probably add more pictures, too.

    But then each version is likely to be a little different, because the different formats work for some things but not for others. Having played around with the Kindle version (which is easy for me because I have one to test the files), I already know that I can include more pictures. With the paper version, I have to balance the pictures with the text, so for some breeds I have more pictures than I can use. Kindles just do the continuous scroll, so that’s not really an issue. On the downside, some of the charts don’t work for that kind of format.

    That’s all in the future, though. Right now I’m still tweaking things like indexes and appendixes for the main edition!

  3. Lea K. Magga September 14, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    Hello Lesli,

    here are a few fairly good photos of a heavily mottled non-grey, non-appaloosa – a Standardbred mare here in Finland, Bellissima S:

    I must say, a colour version of the paper edition of the book (series) would make me, for one, ever so happy! I’d probably be going for the digital edition as well, though.

    Lea K. Magga

    P.s.: I’m still working on translating that Finnhorse article for you – I’m currently moving house and Internet access is scarce.. Sorry for the snail’s pace! :F