Monday, April 27, 2009

Black or White?

I was looking at Gabbrielle this weekend and noticed for the first time that her tail is both black and white... or a mixture of pee-yellow and poo-brown, but let's just pretend it is white underneath.

It used to be all black. SHE used to be all black, but each year she progresses through lighter shades of gray until eventually, when she will be white all over.

What I find interesting is how her tail is black on top and white on the bottom while the rest of her body is black on the bottom and white on top. I know she needs a bath, but it's still too cold outside for cold water bathing. Once I get a chance to wash that tail I'll find out just how white it really is.

19 comments:

Grey Horse Matters said...

I find that interesting too. My guy was a beautiful dapple grey with black mane and tail,when I got him as a 3 yr. old. By the time he died at 18 his mane and tail were totally white and he looked white but was actually a flea bitten grey. I use to wash him with that silver shampoo (forget the name) but it was purple, he looked great after a bath.

Kate said...

Nice that you notice these details - you're very observant! I have a mare who is now almost all white, with some flecks of brown - we think she was a chestnut a long time ago - and when she's wet, you can see one high sock, one part sock and a big blaze under the grey. Your mare is very pretty at this point in her life, with her dapples and changes from dark to light!

OnTheBit said...

I hate that dappled grey horses go white with age! It is a total pet peeve of mine! Enjoy Gabs black bits while you can!

dp said...

Tonka's mane and tail are totally white, though were probably black at some point (I suspect that he was born bay). His forelock is still mostly black though, which I think is really cute.

Katharine Swan said...

When you bathe her, see if there are strands that are black and one end and white at the other, or if the white part is longer strands that are white all the way down.

If the strands fade to white, I'd find that especially interesting. What causes that? Sun-bleaching?

Panama has a tail that is both black and white, but it's because of his pinto coloring. The hair that grows at the base of his tail is white, and about halfway down it starts growing in black. If he doesn't rub all the white off again this summer (!!!), it will eventually get so that the white is a full layer over the black.

Once Upon an Equine said...

That is interesting. Almost looks like she dipped her tail in bleach. Misty is almost 6 and graying very slowly except her head. I'm afraid she's going to have a completely white head and a dark body someday. But whatever shade or phase they are in, Greys have been a favorite of mine ever since I watched "The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit" as a kid.

Cheryl Ann said...

She sure is pretty!

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Annie had black legs, mane, and tail when I bought her as a four year old. Now her mane, tail, and legs are mostly white although her body is still fleabitten.

KD said...

hee hee hee ...."pee-yellow and poo-brown" - what's funnier is that I know what you're talking about.

Breathe said...

Maybe she heard white horses have more fun?

Amazing how much their color changes...

Reddunappy said...

Greys are almost as fun as Appaloosas! A different horse every year!

Saddle Mountain Rider said...

I have to tell you that i enjoyed reading of your saddle experiment. What a great idea - to lie down on the tree!

lytha said...

need clean tail photo! *obsess*

i went out riding yesterday with a white horse whose tail had obviously NEVER been washed. what a crying shame, cuz it was poo/pee BLACK at the bottom half. horrid! at first i thought i'd offer to wash his tail for her (weekly!) but then i realized it just needed to be cut off. i said nothing.

poor fellow, tail between his legs in shame.

i betcha gabi will keep a dark portion of her tail even after she turns totally white. that's common in greys. baasha's was just like hers when we got him, and now it's white at the top, grey in the middle, and white at the bottom. i wash it weekly with quicsilver (that's the purple stuff). it's on my list for our trip to america this summer, as well as show sheen, equi spot, nolvassan, tea tree oil...

i hate that greys turn white too, cuz of my obsession with having a clean horse.

see that white vein spot on her hind leg? baasha had that too, and people would ask if it was a scar!

~lytha

Leah Fry said...

I have seen pix of Jaz as a foal -- he was born BLACK. He started last year getting flea-specked all over, which I love. But eventually, I think he'll just be all white. I hope he doesn't get the cancer that so many greys end up with.

HorseOfCourse said...

I love grey horses, even if it is very unpractical.
They seem to enjoy a roll in the worst mud puddles more than other horses by whatever reason. Camouflage?
And the pee-yellow and poo-brown, NuzzMuzz - LOL!
I just wish that they would stay that marvellous, rich dark grey colour for ever. It is sooo beautiful!

Laura said...

She is pretty - I love a dapple gray - even if it will change over time...

I hear you on the tail - Rusty's is the same pee yellow/poo brown colour! lol I guess I'll try and give the old guy a bath when it warms up enough...

Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I've used QuickSilver shampoo on Bombay for years and could never get his tail beyond a light shade of pee-yellow, so a show person suggested that I washed it (and rinse it really well) with granules of Oxy Clean Bleach laundry detergent. That made a difference, though I doubt it is good for the tail. I condition it really well afterward to make sure it doesn't get brittle. I also didn't use it near the skin, but just on the end hairs of the tail.

Lytha - Interesting about the white vein spot. I always thought it was a scar. In the case of Bombay, he is a flea-bitten grey, and his scars end up being bay. Since he cuts his legs so often, he has these moon slivers of bay all over his legs. They are most likely hoof imprints from bratty Gabbrielle.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Arabians...and Appies are always full of surprises regarding their coat colors, aren't they?

Funny how Gabbrielle's tail is white at the bottom and black at the top, as if she is starting to turn white from the tip of her tail first. lol!

Even Baby Doll, who is white on all her legs, is black at the end of her tail and white at the top.

Gabbrielle has the prettiest dapples. She's be awesome shown in halter class.

~Lisa

Andrea said...

Why do gray's do that.....sigh......I wish they would stay all dark and dabbled!! I think it's neat how she has a black and white tail and black legs with lighter body!!