Sunday, November 9, 2008

Then and Now

When I bought my first horse, Bombay, as a yearling nine years ago, he looked like this:

He was born bay with a black mane, tail, and legs with some bobby socks. Over the years his color has changed to flea-bitten grey:

Below is the way our field looked the first few years that we lived in this house. There was lots of swamp grass for Bombay to graze on, but he was more interested in worrying about the fact that I took him away from his buddies at the Arabian farm across the road.

Here is roughly the same spot in the field nine-years later after we built the stalls and laid down some decomposed granite. These horses don't give anything a chance to grow out there now.

14 comments:

nikki said...

Isn't it funny how horses can change colors? Did you know that he was going to be a grey? I honestly can't figure out the trick to guessing what a young horses true color will be or their height...

Jenn said...

It's always fun to look at the before and after photos! Did you have any idea he'd gray out? What a difference! I would have never guessed it was the same horse if you had shown me the pics side by side and not said a thing!

ranchette said...

cute! I love the young Bombay pictures. Funny to see him as a bay.

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Yes, I knew he would be gray, because the breeder or vet can tell by his skin whether he's a bay or a grey. I think bay's have black skin while grey's have white skin. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong. It said he was a grey on his pedigree.

My filly Gabbrielle was born black or "dirty dish water color" as the breeder put it, but it said grey on her pedigree too. At nearly 4-years-old, she's a dapple grey and will someday be pure white like both her sire and dam. However, in the Arabian horse world, we still call it "grey".

KD said...

I never knew bay could grey out. What a handsome horse !

dp said...

Bombay is heavily flea-bitten like Tonka. VERY handsome! A question: are his flecks black on his legs and brown on his body? I suspect that Tonka may have been born bay as well for this reason, but I have heard lots of conflicting opinions.

Flying Lily said...

Wow lots of change there! Your property represents a ton of work and looks great.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

He's a nice looking yearing!
I can't wait for my baby next summer. My biggest concern is what color it will be. I want a black/bay or bay, but I expect a gray. Jeez- how will I ever know?? I've been told that the underbelly shows lighter on grays. Hmmm- time will tell...

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

dp - Most of Bombay's legs below the knee turned white without any flecks, but the flecks that are on his leg are the same brown as the rest of his body.

Callie said...

It actually looks like nice footing for them now. It's amazing how greys change in color!

Andrea said...

Wow I would have never thought that he would have changed so much! Kinda neat!! And the swamp grass was neat too! It's so great that you have been able to keep Bombay for so long.

C-ingspots said...

Wow, that's a lot of change. And I thought only Appaloosas changed their colors. We have a saying around here about our horses -
1) You never know what you're going to get.
2) What you get, isn't what you normally end up with.
Those are some beauties though, whatever their color!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Bombay was a real looker when he was younger.
What a difference from then to now, thoug. I'd have never guessed that both pictures were of the same horse. wow!

Will he turn white one day, as well?
In the last photo you can really see Gabbrielle's jibba. I love her dapples.

Such interesting changes around there, NM :)

~Lisa

Rising Rainbow said...

It's so much fun to see the baby pics......thanks for sharing.