One more on skin color

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Here is one more interesting horse with pale skin, this time an appaloosa. Like the amber champagne mare from a few days ago, her skin is quite consistently pink. Here is a close-up of her face.

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She has the small freckles often associated with champagnes, but the area behind her eye has the patchy skin coloring more typical of an appaloosa. Although most appaloosas have patchy skin, rather than freckled pink skin, there are individuals that look like this mare.

It may be that she is also a champagne as well as an appaloosa. She was squinting in almost every shot I took, and I never was able to get a good look at her eye color before she was gone. This poor photo doesn’t give a clear idea. Her body color is in keeping with what might be seen on a champagne, but with the appaloosa gene influencing the appearance of her skin it is hard to be sure. Even if she is a champagne, this kind of skin coloring can be found on appaloosas that are clearly not champagne. It isn’t really common, but it does occur.

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2 Responses to One more on skin color

  1. Michelle January 6, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    I also have an Appaloosa mare that is similar in color to this one. She has freckles as well as mottling. It is very hard to get a read on her eye color which may sound a bit strange. In the shade they look very dark brown, but when the light hits them right there is a hazel/greenish cast to them. Very strange and interesting. How would I go about having her color tested? It would be fun to lay down what has been a mystery to me.

  2. The Equine Tapestry January 12, 2012 at 8:35 am #

    I had my mare tested at UC Davis, although there are other facilities that offer tests, too. You can get more information at their website here:
    http://www.vgl.ucdavis.edu/services/horse.php
    I found their instructions, which are all online, very easy to follow.

    There are other labs, though which color tests they offer varies a bit. You might check around to see if any of them offer a bundled set of tests at a discount. In my case, all I needed was a red and an agouti test, since I was pretty sure there wasn’t anything else there. But like a lot of appaloosas, her base color was not really obvious.