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Buckskin Tattoos




The bane of any buckskin: their dark skin. Especially if they’re a big old buttinski. Bully can’t keep his head out of places it shouldn’t be, and as a result he always has some kind of dark tattoo on his face. It’ll get better, fill in with time. But a few weeks (or days) later he’ll be sporting the remnants of another dark patch somewhere.



7 responses

  1. I have this in grey.

    September 5, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    • For some reason my grey was always clean as a whistle. Well, not clean from dirt, but she had much better self-preservation and wouldn’t be caught dead getting skunned up like Bully does. I would imagine you get this a lot with your light-coated gang! *Sigh*

      September 5, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    • Me too! 🙂

      September 5, 2014 at 2:47 PM

  2. Beautiful images. Buckskins are so unique. My cousin Ernie made his name training buckskin cutting horses. It is funny, his best producing mare was the ugliest thing ever. His prettiest mare never produced anything!

    September 5, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    • That’s the funny thing about horses … sometimes the best lookers are only just that. Bullet’s a handsome lad when he’s not 1. Dirty 2. Skunned up or 3. In winter coat. So I guess that leaves a couple of weeks out of the year, right? His conformation is to die for and he’s an all-round great horse. But picture-pretty requires a bit of planning and/or work. But that’s probably true for most horses I guess! 😉

      September 5, 2014 at 11:35 AM

  3. I loved my Buckskin, Lindy Lou, outside the (stock seat) show ring. Inside the ring she became an entirely different character, single-minded, strong-willed, and wonderfully independent and not at all inclined to let me in on any of her next creative move, much to my dismay and usually to the amusement of the judges. She enjoyed her early retirement watching me work with her friends, while she lived the life of Riley. I have to say she was a great trail horse and a true friend. In the old days, we could ride all day and never cross a paved road…right here in good ole CT. Not anymore, except in a few places. A bit off topic, though Lindy Lou had her tats as well. I think with many Buckskins they’re an evolving tapestry. I love the pictures, Cher.

    September 5, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    • Buckskins are a unique bunch. I’ve heard many stories about a special buckskin from someone’s past. I do think they have interesting personalities, perhaps a bit more so than some other horses. I also think they seem to retain more of a throwback genetic code. They remind me a little of mules. Stubborn, independent and very self-preserved. Those traits make them reliable, steadfast partners once you get to know them and they finally trust you. Bully is a great gelding, but he’s also predictably pesky. We’ve learned to laugh at some of the more stubborn things we can’t change about him, but when you need a horse who will get the job done with minimal fuss or drama, he’s your right-hand man … er, horse. Above all else I love and respect that about him.

      September 7, 2014 at 10:25 AM

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