Sunday, May 31, 2015

More Rocky pictures - Also color genetics questions.


For some reason all of my pictures turned out horrible today.  They were overexposed and grainy.  I must have bumped some setting on the camera or maybe it was just the craptastic lighting.  Whatever.  Rocky and Chrome are cute enough it doesn't matter.  :D  The above picture shows how far away Mr. Obsession finally went to graze.

 Now Rocky is the one obsessing haha.  That lasted ten seconds.

 He's so handsome!

 Chrome finally spotted me and headed in my direction.

 He stopped to say hi to Rocky for about thirty seconds...

 ...and then came to see me.  :D

 Back to nibbling on Rocky's face.  Rocky didn't strike out today that I saw.

 Rocky sneaking a sniff while Chrome is distracted with me.  :)

 Don't worry handsome, you're still my favorite!  
Notice the photobomb behind him?

 Smile!!!  More ear photobomb too hehe.

 What are you looking at??

Rocky isn't really much of an affectionate horse, but with apple (from our tree) bribes he is coming to see us now.  He still plays hard to catch when we try to halter him though...

Here are some pictures of his cute markings!

 His snip/stripe is so cute!!  That's as high as it goes.  No star at all.  :)

 Black whiskers and white whiskers!!  Also white and mottled lips.  :)

 Does anyone know what the white ticking is from?  Is it minimal Sabino?

 More ticking.

 More ticking. Hard to see because of the shine.  
He has some white in his mane right above here
 too but the pictures came out too blurry.

 You can sort of see the white in the underside and bottom of his tail.

 His hind hooves.  It shows how the inside rear half
 of his left hind is white. There is also a stripe of white on
 the front of his right hind.  The rest of his hooves are black
 because of the many ermine spots he has.

 Front hooves.  Tons of ermine spots.  Black hooves.  :D


Also what causes the white to show in his eyes?  I thought that was an Appaloosa trait??  Do Paints/pintos have it too?  Can minimal Sabino cause that?

Anyway he is a very unique, beautiful horse.  I've never been a fan of Paints/pintos, but solid Paints/pintos are gorgeous, especially black ones with dark hooves like Rocky hehe.  I took pictures of all of his whorls and everything too for identification purposes.  I always take pictures of all identifying marks on my horses and keep them up to date in case they are stolen.  I'm probably getting them microchipped soon too.  :)

Chrome is a lot calmer today.  He's not obsessing as much and he hasn't goofed off any.  He just nibbles Rocky's nose any time he'll come to the fence.  They seem to be adjusting really well.  Rocky is doing well with the move.  His poop is a little soft, but I attribute that to the grass and the Quest Plus I gave him yesterday.  He's eating, peeing, pooping and drinking great.  :)  I think he's already bored with the round pen though so I'll probably take him for a walk tomorrow, just to give him something to do.  I also need to find and bleach all of Faran's old brushes so Rocky has his own grooming equipment.  I love that I haven't groomed him at all and he looks so clean and pretty lol.  Fingers crossed it doesn't rain tomorrow so I can play with the horses!!

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  1. You've got two good looking horses now! :D

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  2. omg the smile pic, awesome!!

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  3. Oh yeah, now that you have a black horse, you get to deal with the fun of struggling with overexposure. What happens is your camera picks out some part of the picture to have the best exposure. Since black horses don't have a lot of contrast, the camera lightens everything in order to get some light and shadow in the black. If your camera has a little box or cluster of boxes show up when you press the shutter release half-way down, try to get the boxes to go over something in the picture other than the black horse, preferably something that is a mid-tone, like grass. If you let the boxes grab something light or white, the horse won't have any details. If you let the boxes grab the black on the horse, the whole photo will be overexposed. Sometimes there are settings that allow you to control the location of the boxes better, but you'd have to read your camera manual to find out.

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    1. Oh that makes so much sense!! Thank you! Now I know why that happened with Faran a lot too. I was being lazy and trying to hurry to beat the rain with these pictures, but when the weather is nice I'll take my time and see if I can figure this out. I did notice the boxes, but I ignored them hehe.

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  4. Oh yeah, now that you have a black horse, you get to deal with the fun of struggling with overexposure. What happens is your camera picks out some part of the picture to have the best exposure. Since black horses don't have a lot of contrast, the camera lightens everything in order to get some light and shadow in the black. If your camera has a little box or cluster of boxes show up when you press the shutter release half-way down, try to get the boxes to go over something in the picture other than the black horse, preferably something that is a mid-tone, like grass. If you let the boxes grab something light or white, the horse won't have any details. If you let the boxes grab the black on the horse, the whole photo will be overexposed. Sometimes there are settings that allow you to control the location of the boxes better, but you'd have to read your camera manual to find out.

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  5. Okay coming from me limited knowledge of genetics.. he's either a minimal sabino or a bay roan. And the 'whites of the eye' thing is common in Paints, and possible in all breeds. Gorgeous pictures!

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    1. I'm definitely thinking minimal sabino. He's not roan because neither of his parents were and he doesn't change colors at all throughout the year. He just sun bleaches. :) Good to know about the eyes! Thanks!!

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  6. I would definitely say sabino, and the white eyes are common in paint's, too. Also really common in TWH. Red has a lot of white in his eyes and he's foundation Quarter so it's possible in all breeds. :)

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    1. I had no idea about the eyes. I don't know why I thought that was just an Appaloosa trait. Learn something new every day. :D Thanks!

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  7. i love his little snip!! my mare also has a lot of white ticking - mostly just under her mane.

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    1. Really?? I never noticed her ticking! Cool! I can join your club hehe. I love his snip too. It's so cute. :D

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  8. I loooove Rocky's markings! So unique and beautiful.

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    1. I do too! His markings are so fun! I had a blast taking pictures of all of them. :D

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