Monday, June 6, 2011

Dark Horse

Peek a boo!  I see you...



Kat has this weird thing about ducking under the rail to stand in the dirt. He does it because he can. Although the cement provides a nice level place for him to stand, easy clean up for me and all that, he prefers the dirt. I'm sure the dirt is a bit softer on all the joints- for me too, but it can be annoying that he does this. Of course a lot of it is, he is trying to reach the weeds and grab a snack while he patiently awaits what is to come.



Although this series of pictures doesn't begin to capture the depth of his coloring, he has gotten to be incredibly dark brown lately. I took these to show a friend of mine the richness of such.  Seems the work is doing him good on a few different levels.  No supplements, nothing different, if anything he is now on a Bermuda blend diet instead of straight alfalfa.  It has helped with his weight, but his coat is now an incredibly deep, rich, chocolate brown.



Although he has an incredible amount of roaning mainly focused on the crest of his neck, covering his sides and leading down his back to his spot on the butt... His hocks remain dark until winter and his face remains the same deep brown color of his body. Even in winter, the winter hair on his points, turns a golden color, rather than dark.



What had started off as someone cast off has turned out to be a horse of not only a different color, but many colors.  He always attracts attention where ever we go.  Thing about it is, I hardly ever use a curry comb on him, dust him off with a stiff brush before working, rinse him on occasion and waa-laa he remains a deep color with a wicked shine, the whitest whites and no bleaching, color enhancing shampoos or supplements.  Can you imagine the results if I did use any of that? 

8 comments:

Cut-N-Jump said...

I forgot to add that yes, he has a nice 2-3 inch high bridlepath / mohawk there. As of last night- he doesn't anymore... I have a few more in need of clipping. It never ends.

phaedra96 said...

He is a gorgeous little boy. I cannot wait to see you both decked out in the show ring. Here is dust in your eye for whoever tried to chuck him and kudos to you to see what the potential is in him. I love to see my horse and cleaned and spiffy-looking-just stand back and admire him!

fernvalley01 said...

Hey ,if its not broke ,don't fix it! he is a shw stopper with just what you are doing , give the competition a break girl!

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

He is a stunning little guy. Now that he has lost some weight and is back to work, I bet his system is working better and that always contributes to glowing coats.

BrownEyed Cowgirls said...

Oh, and when you get done trimming your bunch up...feel free to come on up here and take a whack at mine. Ugghhhh! Your right...It never ends.

Cut-N-Jump said...

Phaedra- Would you believe I almost passd him up? I was almost ready to leave when I caught a glimpse of his eye from across the womans yard... He's been here ever since.

Fern- That's what I'm saying. If he loks this good with minimal work- can you imagine if I really went about making him shine and used supplements?

BEC's- Yep. Good food, good work and damn! His color has gotten so deep and so rich though. He never looked this good before!

When I got started in the biz- the farm I was at used to clip everything, including the broodies- once a week. They all were brought in clipped, bathed if needed, hooves cleaned and painted with goo and got head to hoof/toe treatment before being put back out to pasture.

Ours may go a month or two, maybe three, between clipping. A couple of them are about to get their manes clipped off to seriously short if not roached altogether.

kestrel said...

What a drop dead gorgeous guy!

Cut-N-Jump said...

Kestrel- Thank you. He knows it too. *sigh*