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Nico is owned by Patrice Leonard of Rolling Hills estates, California.  She sent this webmaster hard copies of these photos along with explanations.

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I will also include the complete texts of her email to me at this time.  I hope to edit this page later for brevity and clarity.

From: "Leonard,Patrice A"
To: Barbara Kostelnik
Subject: light black Friesian
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2007

Are you still looking for people who have light black Friesians?
I do not know what color my 11 year old gelding was as a baby but I have had him for 2.5 years and he is Brown, Brown, Brown!

He was kept in a covered pipe corral when I bought him and he was a dark bay at that time. I have made no real effort to keep him out of the sun. However I have body clipped him the last two winters and have him blanketed day and night for 5 months. After body clipping he is almost buckskin (actually right after clipping this fall he was kind of black for a couple of weeks and then his fawn colored undercoat grew in). His face and legs are black and otherwise he has never been what appears to be black. I am happy to know that what looks like brown to me is actually "light black"-- it sounds better.

By the way he has impressive blood lines- father is IDs 300, mother is a bendert daughter of preferent Hankse- Nora ster. He is a 2nd premie Ster gelding.

I can live with brown but -- boy do a lot of people comment.

Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2007
I only have old fashioned film pictures and would be happy to mail you some if you had a snail mail address. The blackest that Nico has ever been was immediately after clipping this fall. over the next month it changed to light tan with funny dapples. I see back spring hairs growing in now. What I suspect is that he is a major fader- and fades with sun but even more so with sweat. However the light tan this winter is in atypical areas - upper leg and belly.
At the very least I can say that this is no "boring" black horse. Every day the color is a little different depending upon what is fading and what is growing in!



Note how it sounds, above, like the tan is where it would be on a "seal brown" horse.  I wonder if he's had an agouti test...
Typed note in envelope with photos:

Dear Barbara,

Here are a bunch of Nico pictures.  I have included:

  1. Unclipped midwinter pictures with him as a bay
  2. Summer pictures as a dark bay - in the darkest picture he lived in a covered paddock.
  3. A series of pictures showing the color changes after body clipping this winter.  He was pretty black for about 2 weeks after body clipping.  He then developed dapples all over.  He then transitioned to a uniform dun color (with a dorsal strip). He is now growing in a darker summer coat from the top down.  He is a little darker than in the pictures I have enclosed.  His current color is that of a tortoiseshell cat!  During the winter he is blanketed day and night,

His face is always dark almost black and his body, even at it's darkest is never really black.


Patrice Leonard



These three were paper clipped with this note:

This shows Nico's summer color.  The standing picture was taken just before I bought him -  He lived in a covered pipe corral and was darker than any time since

The bay pictures are typical midsummer color



There was a piece of printer paper with these 3 pictures printed on it along with this note:  "This was the 1st winter I had Nico.  It rained almost daily & I did not clip him."



This next series of five photos were paper clipped with this note from Patrice:

"This is the color change this winter:  I had body clipped Nico mid Nov. Underneath the long red hair he was sleek black. Within 2 weeks he had developed dapples and gradually became lighter until he was a buckskin.  Now a dark spring coat is coming in from the top down & he is the color of a tortoiseshell cat!" 

I'll put the notes I just noticed on the backs of the photos under each one.  The other photos, I see, don't have notes on their backs.

"Just clipped"


"1 month after clipping"

"2 months later"

"4 months later" 

"Close up of new hair coming in from the top down"

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