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Showing some more skin…


Cindy Evans of Cindy Evans Photography sent these photos of appaloosas being bathed at the Kentucky Horse Park.  As an artist, the mottled nature of the skin on the forehand of this leopard were something I had wanted as a reference.

Here are more:


When not wet, horses like this don’t look so obviously mottled, but that area does look more like the coat of a white-grey, whereas the areas with pink skin look truly white.


I have found with leopards that area most consistently pink-skinned is the hindquarters, often in a pattern that follows a similar outline to the white on a blanket appaloosa.  I did find it interesting how very pink the cannon areas were on this guy.  I guess I expected that lightning marks (those are the white splashes on the lower legs of some appaloosas) would be more mottled, much like the upper legs in this picture.


Here is a true blanketed horse with a lot of pink skin under his blanket.  Although is pattern extends as far as the one on Sprinkles, his is probably a true blanket pattern rather than a suppressed version of the leopard pattern.  It seems to me that the suppressed horses have darker skin on the whole than the blanketed horses.


Notice the concentration of the dark skin to the underside of the pattern.  That seems typical, especially between the hind legs.  (Well, except for the sheath or udder.  Those always seem to be pink, which can be a challenge when painting rearing or bucking sculptures, since it does draw the eye!)


This is a foot from the original leopard.  Even with leopards that have a lot of white, there is a strong tendency to retain dark skin (and often coat) around the feet.  (True leg markings like socks and stockings are different of course.)

I will continue to post examples as I get them.  It would also be neat to get some wet coat shots of heavily patterned sabinos to see how their skin color relates to their coat patterning.  Something tells me I may be hanging out at the wash racks when I go to the Horse Park this year!

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Suppressed leopards

(Previously posted on August 12, 2009 on the Blackberry Lane Studio Blog.)

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been working on an article on how appaloosa patterns interact with the different base coat colors. In discussing the color black and how it can suppress white markings and patterns, I thought it would be fun to show how this suppression can effectively “shrink” the leopard pattern down to blanket-size. Digital images are fun that way, because I could take the pattern from the top horse and literally shrink it down and place it on the bottom one. Aside from the difference in hair growth direction (that part doesn’t shrink so my spot directions don’t quite match anymore), the effect is actually pretty accurate.

Here is my real black appaloosa with her “shrunken” leopard pattern.

The article has reminded me that I have a terribly outdated set of color charts. In the past I’ve just updated the existing charts with newly found colors or registry rule changes, but they really need a complete overhall at this point. There are new colors like pearl and dominant white to add, as well as older colors that need more detailed breakdowns.

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