Comment by H3xx on September 24, 2013 at 2:22am

And look, there's a girl.

Comment by Ron Humphrey on September 24, 2013 at 5:03am

What a stunning creature--the horse not the two girls.

Comment by Unseen on September 24, 2013 at 2:00pm

The horse ain't bad, either.

Seriously, what is that color called? I don't think I've seen that color before.

My first reaction was, is it a variation on Palomino? But I don't think so. This horse is one color and Palominos typically have two: golden body with very light brown or white mane and tail.

Comment by Unseen on September 24, 2013 at 2:43pm

And what breed is it? 

Comment by Unseen on September 24, 2013 at 4:47pm

@Angela, I think the horse's head is a bit small and pointy. I just don't know what to call the color. I've never seen it before.

Comment by Unseen on September 24, 2013 at 4:48pm

It's awfully slender, but the ribs aren't showing, so I don't think it's starving.

Comment by Strega on September 24, 2013 at 4:54pm

I think it is a palomino.  The reason he looks oddly 'slender' is that he would appear to have been given a very close cut, perhaps a 'number 1' on a gentleman's shaver.  The result gives the coat a sheen, exacerbated by the tone of the horse skin showing through.  The sun is very low and bright, as can be seen by the sharpness of the shadows - this would also give his coat an exaggerated shine.

Comment by Unseen on September 24, 2013 at 5:13pm

You may be right, though it's a rather extreme example in terms of the coloration. Usually the body is clearly a different color than the mane and tail.

They shave horses? As Johnny Carson used to say, "I did not know that."

Comment by Strega on September 24, 2013 at 5:29pm

If you look at the top of the horse, where a saddle would go, you can see the coat colour without the reflection of the light, and then the contrast is a lot more apparent.  The horse doesn't seem to be shod, and that is a show-bridle, there's no band across the nose or down the side of the cheek.

I think this young dude's job is to look pretty, and that's about it.

They don't call it a shave, they call it a clip - same difference.

Comment by Unseen on September 24, 2013 at 5:36pm

BTW, this breed, Akhal-Teke, is known for its ability to stand cold weather. It is also regarded as one of the earliest known breeds. Their slender/fine look is one of their characteristics. Weird, because one would think that a stockier horse would make a better horse to tolerate cold winters.

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