“A good horse is never a bad color!” I absolutely agree. But, just supposing you could choose the perfect colour for your horse – or the horse or pony of your dreams, which colour would it be?
When I had the idea for my third book, I knew of course that horses come in many colours and many combinations of colours – but I didn’t even guess that there are over fifty recognised horse colours. Yes fifty! Amazingly, the specialist website The Horse Colors Site identifies over fifty different horse colours – and that’s not counting the standard bay colour. They’re all listed at: http://www.horsecolor.com/
My own favourite – and I’m guessing the favourite of a good few of you out there – is Palomino. I could be influenced by childhood memories of Trigger and Mr Ed and that holiday job I had on a Palomino stud farm.
But, but, but…. I like the pure black ones, the dappled greys and the spotted ones too. and the cremellos and the buckskins and, and…
Anyhow, check out Horse and Pony Colours: Which one would you choose? Out early December 2013 in paperback or kindle, with colour photos. There a little bit of science too and a link to a website where you can enter the colour of the sire and dam to get a prediction of what colours the foal might be.