Saturday, July 19, 2008

Black as snow

I hope you'll forgive me for being a teeny bit critical. I sometimes see horse ads where a horse is listed as "black" when it clearly is not black. I understand that certain blacks can fade in the sun and others do not (are the fading ones genetically chestnut? I digress). But some of these horses go a little beyond fading to the point where I don't believe they could ever be black, even in a cave in Alaska in the winter. My "dark bay" is darker than some of these I think.

Here are some horses I found for sale online. All are advertised as black:

black
not black

black
not black

black
not black
black
not black
black
not black, but very cute!

I've always loved the adage "A good horse is never a bad color." After all, I admit I don't adore chestnut, but I love Huey. Who said that first anyway?

4 comments:

Grey Horse Matters said...

I know what you are saying, and all I can add is if you're in the market for a horse and he must be black "buyer beware", comes to mind. I like the cave in Alaska line.

DressageInJeans said...

I just purchases a friesian sporthorse colt, so I have done my research on black :) (Actually, I should make a post about this... lol!)
BUT, I digress. Some black horses can appear brown because of horrible fading, AND copper deficiencies. So sometimes, even though they don't look black, they are. :) Someone just needs to feed 'em right!

Stacey Kimmel-Smith said...

How I learned to adore chestnut: go to look at a little baby horse that looks like "joy on legs" with a little single quote for a face marking. He's not even a bright chestnut. He does have an expressive face. The only question left for me is brown or black tack!

I have a feeling in a few years the dressage rings will be lousy with black horses, and everyone will want a red horse...

A Bay Horse said...

Brown or Black tack... or both?! Oh decisions, decisions!

DressageInJeans - I'd heard once, years ago, about diet. But I didn't know copper deficiency could be involved. Thanks for the info!