I have an interesting event happening in my barn. I have a 7yo Quarter Pony Palomino. Last winter we clipped him and found that he had a few black blotches on his rump and I thought, hmmm must have some Appaloosa in him. As the summer has progressed, he has gained now quite a few black spots and blotches, and not only across his rump, but on his body and shoulders. Does anyone have any experience with a mature horse changing colors like this?
"Bend-Or spots (or Ben d'Or, Smuts, or Grease Spots) are a type of spotted marking found on horses. They are fairly rare and range in color from slightly darker than the horse's coat to an almost-black shade. These random spots are most commonly seen on palominos, chestnuts, and darker horses, and may not appear until the horse is several years old. It is still unknown what causes these markings, as they do not appear to be related to other spotting patterns. However, they are often correlated with horses showing sooty traits."
I always knew these spots as "Ben D'Or spots." But, when I googled "Ben D'Or spots" last night to find a snip to cut-and-paste into my post, almost everything came up as "Bend Or spots," so I used that spelling.
I notice that Bluey used "Ben D'Or." Is "Ben D'Or" correct, but has simply been corrupted to "Bend Or" over the years or is it really supposed to be "Bend Or"? Anybody know for sure?
I had a palomino quarter pony who'd get those, mostly in the summer and normally in the same place - and they'd go away in the winter. We have a sorrel paint mare at our barn who seems to get more and more grease marks every year. Extra painted, I guess! :-)
The mare I've been riding, the lovely Bella, recently came out in dime-sized white spots all over her chestnut coat. My trainer Sonja took one look at her and said "birdcatcher spots. Toytown has them." Coat colour is so crazy and interesting!
Thank you guys! I knew I could find some relevant experience here, as I always do. I have never heard of this, Bend D'or, but then as a Thoroughbred guy, I don't run into this. Thanks again and I'll quit worrying that this pony has some kind of melanoma! Lol!