Color changes in foals after they have been clipped.
COLORS BEFORE AND AFTER CLIPPING
This color change is due to the fact that this horse is a grey horse. Most all of your grey horses will get white hairs around their eyes first as seen in the above photo. All grey horses must have one parent that is also a grey horse. This grey horse will become solid white with black skin. Your greys are very pretty. The famous Lipizzaner Horses are all greys!!
Black horses aren't born black. That is what I was told. Here is an example.
How about this color change? Where did his star go? You could see that his under coat was white when the wind would blow and ruffle his fur. There is a tiny bit of color on the tips of his ears. Other photos show that the top of his face area is a little darker than his body but not dark enough at this time to let you see he DOES have a heart shaped star on his little head!!!
This little guy went from a red to a gunmetal silver. His frosted mane and tail are now turning black along with the lower legs. Looks like he is going to be a dark bay or blood bay.
FURTHER COLOR CHANGES DURING FOAL COAT SHED.
Photo 3: At age 3.5 months to 4 months, Awesome found his face and lower leg color again and once again his heart shapped star returned. But his body remained snow white and like cotton. Then he began to shed hair showing a black skin underneath. Worried that we might have a new problem of parasites, I gave him ivermectin which should kill off any bad mites or lice. If it was lice, there was no itching.
Photo 4: Now, Awesome is naked on his body. There is new sparse hair coming in and it shines so in the sun that I cannot tell if it is white hair or the color of his face and lower legs. There seems to be a little varriation in his skin color but not enough to get excited about. I was hoping for some kind of Appaloosa miracle!! I guess not. Stay tunned for photo 5 if we ever get all our hair back.