Layer 3 was pleasant. It's exciting seeing your visions come true. He went slower than I'd prefer, and we're definitely into the ugly stage,... but that was a relief.
|Orlik Layer 3, Offside|
I organized my reference pictures. Only 2 of them really depict the red roan I want, and even then I get to subtract socks! No socks for Orlik... Yes, he is halfway between Brasenose the dark liver chestnut and Marimba the Perlino. But I don't want any socks. His legs are long enough as it is!
|Orlik Layer 3 Near|
|Layer 4 Offside|
|Layer 4 Near|
|Layer 5 Off|
February 16, Layer 5. Everyone else's red roan looks so different from mine. They're all purple all over the body. Somehow that's not what I'm after, and I'm experiencing the dreaded slowdown and doubtful phase... None of my horses has had such a complex ugly stage. None of them has tried to change colors like this. I think I'm aiming for something new and strange. I'm about 65% intensely excited-pleased and 35% worried and scared...
|Layer 5 Near|
|Photo from The Baha'i Space|
|Photo from Aussie Girl|
Groping in the dark, there is only one thing I'm sure of. HE knows what color he wants to be--!! If I'm sure of anything, I'm sure of that...! I still think there's a chance of a red roan if I can redden the legs and mane-roots and tail top and the head... And the dapples, faint but present, each layer re-inscribed by hand and eye, are exactly what I was wanting -- ! Surely there is some hope here...
It's a measure of how flustered I am that this belly-smear mistake, ordinarily a terrible flub, is no more than a minor irritant. It'll probably be buried in future chestnut.
|Layer 5 Offside Belly smear|