Frankie the Orange-Snooted Reindeer

Frankie came home with me in spring of ’16, which means this is his third(!) winter with me. He’s been clipped every time, which sometimes includes his face (if we’re actively showing) and sometimes doesn’t (if we’re focused on training/smaller shows).

One thing has remained constant: the bright orange snoot.

Early spring 2016, when he first came home. Ginger snoot.

This is exclusively a winter phenomenon. His spring/summer coat comes in with appropriate dark bay snoot hairs.

Summer 2016. Dark snoot.

But inevitably winter rolls around, and out pops the orange snoot.

Winter 2016-17. FULL GINGER.

Which sticks around for a few months, and then boom.


Once is interesting. Twice may be a coincidence. But we have an official pattern here.

Winter 2017-18. SO ORANGE.

And by now I’ve almost brought us up to the present day so bear with me for a few more pics.

Summer 2018. Deep and chocolatey.

And to wrap us up:

December 2018. Full. On. Orange.

There you have it folks. The world’s most smoochable snoot comes in a seasonal ginger spice color. So festive.

21 thoughts on “Frankie the Orange-Snooted Reindeer

  1. Tucson Truby 12/12/2018 / 11:05 am

    He has a smoochable snoot for all seasons ❤ ❤ ❤


  2. J. Alexander 12/12/2018 / 11:10 am

    Mine has an orange winter snoot too! And actually almost looks like a miniature Francis.


  3. Amanda C 12/12/2018 / 1:28 pm

    I love that mealy pangare nose that they get in the winter, too!


    • hellomylivia 12/12/2018 / 1:31 pm

      I knew you would know the official sciencey name for it NERD ALERT


      • Amanda C 12/12/2018 / 1:33 pm

        Oh gosh, don’t get me started on brown vs bay and the pangere factor and what scientists can actually prove versus what we haven’t figured out yet. It’s honestly crazy how LITTLE we know about horse genetics.


      • hellomylivia 12/12/2018 / 1:35 pm

        omg no but please get started and explain why he transitions from posh spice to ginger spice and back every year. also is he brown or bay? jury is out. SHARE YOUR SECRETS.


      • Amanda C 12/12/2018 / 1:39 pm

        That’s just it, we don’t know the genetic difference between bay and brown yet. They all technically fall under bay, but we haven’t definitively identified the genetic markers that make one express as, say, “seal brown” vs bay. Or what for sure makes one express pangere. Shoot, we only very recently created a test for sabino.


      • hellomylivia 12/12/2018 / 1:43 pm

        brb going back to school to major in horse genetics. Just did a brief search and was about to fall down a rabbit hole, this stuff is super fascinating.


  4. Tracy 12/12/2018 / 2:47 pm

    V Festive. Next Halloween I demand a Pumpkin Spice costume — you can be the barista. Start working on it now. LOL


    • hellomylivia 12/13/2018 / 8:49 am

      Hah I’ll enlist some barnmates to help me pull it together!!


  5. Boss Mare Eventing 12/13/2018 / 11:35 am

    so cute! Valley gets this too, I think it makes her look like a little black bear ❤


  6. martidoll123 12/13/2018 / 11:43 am

    I used to not like the orange snoot when I had a bay (years ago eons in fact since i had such a normal colored horse HA) but Frankie is so cute with his. And it is amazing how much he changes. Wow. And now i want a pumpkin spice latte. Thanks (not) 🙂


  7. Stacie Seidman 12/13/2018 / 12:28 pm

    So cute! I like to change my hair color for the winter too 😉


  8. Liz 12/14/2018 / 9:12 am

    Ahaha I love that he has a pumpkin ginger spice holiday season muzzle!


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