Spreading a little light on the Roan horse color.
Most dressage rings see various shades of Bay – blood bay, seal bay, black bay, red bay, milk chocholate bay (OK that one is partly made up.). Chestnut.
A bit of Palomino, Dun, Buckskin, Sabino, Roan, or hey, – how about the multiple variations of Paints with Pinto/Overo/Tovero/Splash or any combination – always get a bit more attention.
Since posting about Cooper and his voluptuous–flabby-body-transforming-into-more-appropriate-muscles, I’ve been asked about his color a lot. Have some fantastic friends who read this blog who are not horse people. (Seriously, how do you not just die of one-subject-boredom reading this? Love to have you though!)
They all admire Cooper’s “Silver” color. He’s a Blue Roan. For a quick lowdown on The Blue Roan, take a peek at the links below.
It’s a fun, sometimes ugly color, Roan. It changes throughout the year, from light shimmering silver in summer, steely grey in fall, dark lead grey in winter, to a reddish/brown blue in late spring/early summer.
Here’s just an example of how much he changed in the past few months.
Mid Fall coat
As for the slightly less fun Corn Marks?
Roans will get them, as any little disruption of the skin such as scars or rubbing will make the new hairs grow in the same dark color as the underlying skin, not the color of the rest of the coat. Large ones can get unsightly.
Just part of this horse color. Cooper lives a happy, active outdoor, life with lots of turnout among trees and shrubs and will continue to get more corn marks.
Although probably not as many as this seasoned Blue Roan Nokota Horse. (His name is “Blue Moon”, a stallion from the Nokota Horse Conservancy in North Dakota.)
Hop on over to the American Roan Horse Association (Yes, there is such a thing!) for a true classification of the Roan coloration.
The always trusty Wikipedia site also has a great page defining Roan Here.