Since I was absent from the barn last week, Harley's coat changes have nearly gotten away from me! His light, cream-colored fur is being replaced by more reddish tones, which should lead to dapples on his rump and shoulders. The new red hairs are visible along his cheek bone and behind his eye in the photo below.
I have always enjoyed watching his color changes, but this is the first time that I have tried to document the changes gradually. His spring transformation seems to be picking up speed!
|More red hairs on his nose. The red and cream together give him that golden look.|
|Can you see the star on his forehead?|
|Red hairs on his hip points, croup, and...|
|...withers. Sometimes he almost gets bands here, but I think that is in the fall. The lines that you see are just shadows.|
|Check out the black patches above the backs of his knees. Those were not there last week!|
|The fronts are just about there. I guess knee-highs are always in fashion for Harley.|
|A lot more light hair has left his hind legs.|
|The good old-fashioned grooming block is the trick for helping the short hair shed off the front of his hing leg.|
|"Enough pictures already!"|
|Sorry Harley, but just look at that blue sky. Unreal.|
We did go on a trail ride after this
Once we got back to our property, I let him canter along a wide path leading to the paddocks. He did this beautiful collected canter-right and when we approached a gentle bend to the left, he lifted up into an expression and exciting flying change. Totally clean and totally awesome. I did not ask him for it deliberately, but I am sure that I shifted my weight and that is all the encouragement he needs for his favorite trick. The left lead afterward was so full of excitement and joy that I could feel the power beginning to overflow and I could see what he looked like in my mind's eye: arched neck, flared nostrils, expressively articulating knees and hocks, and flying mane and tail. Harley may be beautiful on the outside, but his true beauty is this fire inside of him. The desire to show off his energy and spirit. I feel completely honored that he chooses to share it with me.