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A teaser image from the book


I have been working this past week to finalize the photos for the upcoming book, Equine Tapestry: An Introduction to Colors and Patterns, and I thought it would fun to share a teaser image. The above picture shows how the dappling pattern – including the distinctive ‘spider vein’ pattern on the gaskin – on a champagne is a near-perfect reverse of the dappling pattern on a sooty palomino. I met this mare at a local Appaloosa show, and took numerous photos of her striking coloring.

The reversed veins are visible here on her forearms as well as her gaskins

I have been very fortunate that so many people from around the world have been willing to share images of their horses. Looking through the draft of the book, it pleases me to see so many different breeds, and so many different countries, represented. Three years ago, when I began work on the previous book, one of my biggest worries was whether or not I would be able to get the photos I needed to tell the stories of those breeds. This time around, my biggest challenge is fitting in all the images I would like to use!

Because there are still quite a few steps to go before the book is finalized, I do not yet have a publication date. If there is one thing that I learned from the last time, it is that there are always new ways for a book to be delayed! I will keep blog readers posted as things progress, though.


I plan to post a few more teaser images as I get time in the upcoming weeks, including some additional photos of Vasco Piskui, the manchado Polo Pony from the cover. I was recently contacted by his current owner with some additional images of him that show more of this rare pattern. So keep checking back – or better yet, enter your address to the right (“Subscribe to blog via email”) and have the blog posts delivered to your inbox.

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The Upcoming Book


It occurs to me that in my last post, I linked to an outdated image of the cover of the upcoming book. I was very fortunate to be able to include several images of the manchado Polo Pony, Vasco Piskui, in the upcoming volume. The photographer, Alice Gipps, had such wonderful, clear images of this rare pattern that I had to put him on the cover. An image of his other side, as well as a view that shows the topline origin of this pattern, will appear inside the book.

Lining up high-quality images for the book is the focus of my work at the moment. I want to take full advantage of the color printing, as well as use the opportunity to present horses of unusual colors in the most flattering way possible.

Edit: To avoid confusion later, the older references to this book now have the updated cover image.

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Random notes about the blog

I had someone mention that they could not see the photo on the link to the manchado polo pony, Vasco Piskui. Like a lot of researchers, I use the All Breed Database a lot, so I forget that the format there is not necessarily obvious. The link I provided takes you to the pedigree because you cannot link directly to the photos. Instead you have to go to the pedigree page and hover over the tiny icon of a horse beside the name, and the picture (if there is one) will pop up. Above is a screen capture of that particular entry. Not all the horses on Allbreed have photos, but those that do have a red asterisk after their names.

I have also been asked to include pictures in the posts, rather than link to them, to keep everything in one place. I try to be really respectful of photographers’ copyrights and as such I only post pictures that I have taken or that I have been given express permission to use. I know that photos – especially photos of unusual colors – get spread freely across the internet, but as a creative person myself I feel strongly about intellectual property rights. Now if they ever manage to pass an Orphan Works law, you will see a lot more photos here. The absolutely frustrating thing about sharing information about the roots of some of the more colorful horses is that often no one knows who took the pictures, so it is impossible to ask permission to use them. In fact, I have a number of manchado photos here that I cannot publish because I have been unable to reach the man who provided them ten years ago (he would now be 83).  So where I don’t have permission, I link to sites that have the images.

And finally, I encourage folks to read the comments – and post their own if they like! Many times people add more information, including links to similar horses, in the comments. The blog is set up so that after I approve a reader’s comment, they can post freely without me having to approve each comment. (The requirement that the first one be approved is a precaution against spam.) Linking is allowed in the comments section, although including more than two links trips the spam filter and sends the comment to moderation. I catch those, though, so don’t worry about placing multiple links if they are relevant. My only request is that the comments section remain civil and that respect be maintained both for the participants here and for the owners of the horses being discussed.

Now back to the regular blog content! I will be uploading the pattern interaction post here shortly, and I’m also gathering photos for a future post on eye color, so if you have horses with unusual eyes let me know!

Correction: The photo at the top of this post was incorrectly identified as the gelding Vasco Piskui. The image is actually his half-sister Vasca Rosa.

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