Do you see the black splashtch on his left shoulder? That is from a fly sheet rubbing all of the white, grey and bay hair away and leaving a patch of skin. Yes, his skin is black except where he has patches of white - on his face, his legs and a place on his neck. This is typical for a grey Arabian and actually helps reduce the heat they absorb in the sun, reduces the risk of sunburn, et al.
Why does he have a black splashtch on his shoulder? It's because I mistakenly thought that the fly sheet I purchased late last summer when Christensen's had the Pigeon Fever outbreak would still fit him six months later.
I should have twigged to the fact that it was too small now when I buckled the chest straps at the very last hole on the straps instead of the tightest hole on them.
What this means is my poor skinny thin boy of a year ago has gained more than six inches of beefcake across his chest. Woo Hooo! My weight tape measuring device I got at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo puts his weight between 1100 and 1200 pounds. Really?
I am amazed and enthralled by this horse. As J says every time she sees him - he is so strong.