Got a question for you! Do you remember this guy? Malcolm's new gelding? He has a name now. Ringo is a 3 year old bay roan we got from a neighbor and friend.
I had noticed those stripes, and also the ones on his other side...
Now, meet Breggo...
Wouldn't you love to have been on his back when that picture was taken! He's gorgeous!
Breggo is Lisa's horse! And the reason Lisa was asking me about Ringo's stripes is because Breggo has them too!
"They are very strange in that they are evenly spaced and vertical! I've gone round and round with the vet and trainer as to what may have caused them. The vet thinks he may have been born with them; but I think they are too straight and evenly spaced for that. My horse has them on both sides-does Malcolm's horse also have them on both sides? The lines are only visible with his summer coat. He is starting to shed his summer coat right now and the lines will disappear as he goes back to his darker color."
We havn't had Ringo long enough to know if they are hidden with a winter coat, but they are clearly visable now! And I lean toward agreeing with Lisa's vet in thinking they are a natural marking. I think this because they are on both sides, and because I know the previous owner and she would have told us if Ringo had had any injuries or abuse in his past. I did ask her about the markings, and her only thought was that roans have some interesting markings sometimes. But though Ringo is a roan, Breggo is not! SO...
Lisa and I are curious if anyone else has seen this type of marking on horses before, what they might be caused by if they are not naturally occuring, and if they have a name.
I can tell you this much, based on what I know of Ringo:
1. though they could appear to be just the look of a ribby underfed horse, these are not a result of his ribs sticking out and causing the coat to catch the light. The stripes are a coat pattern. There is no noticeable scar tissue or ridging of the skin. Just smooth even skin with a stiped pattern.
2. Ringo lived the last 3 years (his only 3 years) in a pasture running free and happy with a herd of geldings and young studs. At least that's where he's been since he was weaned.
If you can provide any information about these unusual markings, please let us know what you know! We're curious!