Black Beauty

By | July 12, 2007

I remember begging my parents to rent The Black Stallion for me each and every time they went to the video store. It did not matter how many times I had already seen it; watching Alec gallop bareback down the beach on the black horse with his arms mimicking flying motions made me desperately wish to be stranded on a deserted island.

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Ever since then, I have been enthralled with the beauty of black horses.
The true coloring of a black horse is tricky. To be considered a black horse, the animal can have no other color anywhere on it, with the exception of white markings and all black points.
Arguments have been made that two types of black horses exist: fading and non-fading. Many say the blue-black colored horse whose coat does not fade to a lighter shade in the summer sun is the only true black horse, while others claim fading horses have just as much right to classification of black as non-faders.

Because horses are often outside all day, their coats tend to receive a bit of sun bleaching, so winter is the ideally-suited season for determining coat color. Fading black foals usually are born an ashen color. Sometimes they are even dark brown or bay. A non-fading black foal is born a smoky or blue-black shade.
Black occurs in most breeds. It is considered the only color in some breeds, such as the Friesian. Black, however, has been bred out of some breeds, such as the Haflinger.
The rest of the world seems to share my enthusiasm for the gorgeous black horse. Black Beauty is a timeless literary classic which features, of course, a black horse. I do not think it a stretch to say the black horse is perhaps the most magnificent-looking of all horses.
Regardless of breed, any all-black horse looks strikingly dignified and has an undeniable air of elegance about it.