Here are 13 horses with beautiful dapples.
One of my favorite nursery rhymes as a child went like this:
I had a little pony,
His name was Dapple Grey;
I lent him to a lady,
To ride a mile away
She whipped him and she slashed him,
And she rode him through the mire;
I would not lend my pony now,
For all the lady’s hire.
In retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have loved it because, well, the entire second verse. However, as a small child, I just loved the idea of a dapple grey pony (and, to be fair, it did teach a valuable lesson — don’t lend out your pony!).
That dapple grey pony helped inspire this week’s reader photo challenge, which asked our readers to show us their ponies’ dapples. And, boy, did they deliver!
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Dapples. I know they're partially attributed to genetics, but it always makes me feel like I'm doing something right when my horses look this good, right out of the pasture. No fancy supplements, they've been out of work since morning sickness took over my life, and I'm ashamed to say they haven't had a bath since last fall. It's amazing what good, basic nutrition can do. #dapplesfordayyys #soshiney #gotthatglow #goriding #clydesdalesofinstagram #hhclydesdales #horsenation #rideaclyde
Keep an eye out for next week’s 24-hour photo challenge! We announce challenge subjects on Monday around the end of the day on both Instagram and Facebook.