Thursday, June 4, 2009
Ozzie's Funny Color
I am finally back and have a minute to sit down. My house is a mess and I probably should be cleaning, but I have to do a quick catch up here. Yesterday I took Big Cowpoke to the airport. He is spending four weeks up in Ohio with his Dad. Four weeks.......is....a......long time. But while he is gone I am going to fly to my parents' home and visit with family. So, hopefully the time will fly by. But now onto Ozzie and his coat of many colors. I will start at the beginning. His Mom. This is Pearl. She is a Thoroughbred mare. (Ignore the horrible angle on that picture!)Her Jockey Club papers say that is is a bay or brown filly. Well, that didn't help much. But she is bay and brown. In the middle of summer, she is a very sun bleached bay. In the fall and spring time, she is a dark bay. Weird mare. And it's not just her winter coat. She sheds out black-ish. Just look back at her pictures of her and Josephine. Pearl is a dark bay there. But in these pictures I would say she is brown. Defiantly, no doubt about it brown. Some even call her color a Seal brown. Which I would not argue about. Ozzie's Sire is our paint stallion, Red. Red is a Sorrel Overo. So, when you breed a Bay/Brown mare to a Sorrel Stallion, you get this! Yeah, what the heck is that? Ozzie has shedded out some strange colors. When he was little he was really orange. I would joke around about how he was a buckskin, but I know, he in no way can be one. His registered APHA papers have him registered as brown. Because this is what Ozzie looked like as a yearling and two year old. This picture was taken on his two year old birthday. Now that is not a Bay horse. His legs are not black. They are more of a brownish color. His mane and tail have black points but they have redish highlights in them. So, I picked brown as his color. But then I sent him to Corey the Cutting Trainer and Ozzie shed out this color! Which to me looks like a Bay colored horse. I am telling you, when I walked up to Ozzie I asked Corey what horse he was saddling. I didn't even recognize him. He got so dark. But there are a few points to him that still leaves me wondering. The nose.......it's not black....it's uhm.....donkey gray. And his eyes do not have a lot of black around them like Bay horses do. His is more like the coloring of a sorrel horse. You can also see how red/blonde his mane is. I call them his highlights. So, with my understanding of Bay horses, they have to have black mane and tails with black points and Ozzie has a brownsih redish mane and tail with some grayish blackish points. So, I registered him as a brown horse. But, wait....there's MORE!! Sydney mentioned something to me that I had never heard of before in a comment. She suggested that Ozzie is a Pangare Bay. I googled it and you know what?! That is what he is! There is no doubt about it! I know you can't register him as a Pangare Bay, but that is the color he is. And that's okay. I think it's pretty cool. And I learned something new. I was a bit scared when I first googled Pangare because the searches kept coming up with pictures of Mules and Donkeys. My father in law always joked around that Pearl was a mule with its ears cut off. So, when I told him about the Pangare gene, he got a good laugh out of it. But, that is what I found out about Ozzie's color. I really didn't know what color he was, that is why I was asking. I have been calling him brown for four years now. But now I know, he is a Pangare Bay. Thanks Sydney!!