All my horses are in their fine summer coats. I've had a number of bay horses, but never a chestnut in my entire history, and now I have two, and I'm enjoying their colors. Today my horses were in paddocks while I was picking stalls - they've been coming in before mid-afternoon to miss the richest grass - and I took the opportunity to take some pictures.
Here's my one bay (other than my retired Maisie) - Dawn - in her summer red coat. In the winter she gets much darker, and when she sheds in the spring a lot of the shed hair is black. She also has very subtle dapples on her rump that don't show up in pictures. I love her "high black" stockings.
Her hindquarters are starting to muscle up nicely.
Pie has a full brother - I've met him - whose name is Copper, and Pie is exactly the same color:
Both his mane and tail are a rich, dark red, with some lighter highlights, and his tail is unusually thick and full:
He's starting to get back some of the muscling in his hindquarters that he lost while he was taking time off:
Drift is an even deeper red:
His mane is a wonderful mix of red, flaxen and white:
But his tail is a solid dark red, and is very long:
His body has a bit of roaning:
Drift's hindquarters aren't fully muscled up yet - note the hollow below the hips - all our trot and canter work should help that fill in:
Oh, and he's a camera hog, too:
One of things I love about being around horses is just looking at them and their beauty, every day.