Friday, 26 July 2013

The Highland ponies lovely colours

There were only 3 ponies at this location a very dark bay, a bright bay and white, so these ones weren't that unusual.  Some Highland ponies come in very unusual colours, and many of them have a dorsal stripe and zebra markings on their legs showing how closely related they are to the ancient breed.

Here is what the breed description says about the colours: 

 "A range of duns-mouse, yellow, grey, cream. Also grey, brown, black and occasionally bay and liver chestnut with silver mane and tail. Many ponies have a dorsal stripe and some show zebra markings on legs. Shoulder stripe often present. A small star is acceptable but other white markings are discouraged. Foal coat often changes and many ponies change colour gradually as they grow older, especially those with grey hairs interspersed with the original colour. Others show a slight seasonal change in colour between winter and summer coats. Broken colours are not allowed"

Dark Highland pony

Bay Highland pony

White Highland pony

I will be putting up more photos of different Highlands in different colours from our other photographing trip in Dalwhinnie, so be sure to check back soon.

 White pony in black and white

White pony in sepia

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