Birdcatcher Spots

Charlie has developed these strange little white dots all over him. Some flecks and some big ten pence piece sized splodges.

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My instructor tells me they’re called Birdcatcher spots named after a famous racehorse with the markings.

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They appeared as if overnight and seem to fluctuate in frequency and size more than I can keep track of. I find them quite cute and I hope they stay!

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And also they’re sported by Zara Phillip’s former steed Toytown. Maybe It’s a chestnut thing?

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5 thoughts on “Birdcatcher Spots

  1. Amazing to see this at his age — 19? When did you first notice them? My herd have a strong Appaloosa gene and we have random tufts of white hairs that come out more and more each year, starting about age 1. But I’ve not heard of this. Cool!

    • I first noticed them when I clipped him early this year. But the skin is pigmented white underneath too which makes me think he might be de-pigmenting as he ages? Cute regardless!

  2. My Morgan developed them upon reaching maturity at age 7. He gets a few more every year. I have found the racehorse Birdcatcher in his papers…I was initially horrified that my solid chocolate Morgan had spots…now they just are ‘him’!

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