Monday, December 27, 2010

Documenting Altamiro's Offspring / Interessado

(Sorraia x Kiger Mustang)
Showing off his exquisite Iberian form, Interessado does his best to impress.
September 2010

By the time Interessado was born 04Aug08, Animado was already four months old. Two additional entries from the Journal of Ravenseyrie archives share more details about the birth of this soulful stud colt. You can access these entries by clicking here and here.

The first thing you will notice is how extensive the "crimped" hair effect is on Interessado as a foal, so dramatic and comprehensive one gets the impression a definite "zebro" has been born. But these stripes are not due to different pigments of hair colour, but rather to the way the light hits the "furrows". The texture is a bit like fine corduroy and the pseudo-striping effect is the same...a pair of grey corduroy trousers do not have an actual two-toned colour in the fabric, but the effect of the light hitting it makes it seem so.


By the 21st of August Interessado's pseudo-stripes had lessened considerably and he was already beginning to grow a bit of a winter coat.

Though the crimped hair and "pseudo-striping" had disappeared, one can see Interessado had a strong dorsal stripe and stripes as well on his front legs.

By the end of October, Interessado and Fada looked like two peas in a pod, all dark, with buff hair inside their ears.
(Fada is on the left, Interessado on the right)


During the early summer of 2009, Interessado (meaning "interested" in Portuguese) demonstrated just how interested he is in the elements of his environment by investigating a local porcupine, perhaps a bit too intensely! You can read about this episode in Interessado's young life, here.

As a yearling, Interessado's leg stripes were shrouded by black hairs making for solid looking, uniform colour, yet still a hint of his dorsal stripe could be seen. (Left to right: Animado, Interessado and Fada)


A characteristic I've noticed in Sorraia and other primitive horses is the way their hide is predisposed to wrinkles, reminding me sometimes of the way elephant hide is. Here, (see above photo) even on a black coloured Sorraia x Sorraia Mustang these skin folds or wrinkles are readily apparent.

Here they are as two year olds, with Interessado looking almost completely black at this stage of his growth. (Left to right: Interessado, Fada and Animado)

Interessado's extremely dark (dare I say black?) coat colour still from time to time gives the impression of showing his dorsal stripe. So much so that I often find myself taking photos of him from behind to see if I can spot it. I took quite a few on Christmas day, and frankly, at this point in this very attractive stud colt, I cannot detect a dorsal stripe any more.

And yet, I cannot say that this colt is a true black, since he retains the characteristic buff coloured interior ear hair that all dun-diluted horses have.

Interessado is a very ardent-minded, noble fellow...mysteriously dark and full of the right mixture of gentle-heartedness and dynamic vigor--the type of horse that would fight bulls by day, breed mares by night and in the early morning revel in the the empathetic touch of human friendship.


June said...

For some reason I think Interessado is my favorite.

Lynne Gerard said...

Hello June!
Interessado has a special place in my heart, too. It's nice to know he has a bit of a fan club.

Thanks for reading and commenting!

Susan Catt said...

I know of a stallion Spanish Mustang who is so black you'd swear he was a true black. He as the buff ears though and has thrown dun factor on non dun mare.

Lynne Gerard said...

Susan wrote:
"He as the buff ears though and has thrown dun factor on non dun mare."

Susan, what type of dun? Red, yellow, or grulla? How light or dark was the shade?

Any photos you know of out there on the web of the stallion and his offspring?