Fable Bint Ylla was born in the spring of 1993. At five days old, she was small and very dark, and seemed to be all legs. Now at five years old, she's considerably bigger, but her temperment hasn't changed much, nor her way of moving. That's Allegra Dryden leading her at five days, and me on the lead at five years.
Some more photos of Ylla
Her mother is Fable Ylla (PHP Dazl x Bint BintYlla) This photo was taken in 1993, when Fable Ylla was six years old and had just foaled.
Bint Ylla's sire is the stallion Shalimar Jordie, a Western Pleasure Champion
and Halter Champion.
Ylla's pedigree in excruciating detail. (still very much in progress.) Ylla, and indeed all the Fable horses, are the result of a generations-long program of inbreeding to the stallion Skowronek.
During a visit to Seattle in July 1997, we chose the lipizzan stallion Pluto Gloria II-1 for Ylla. We failed to get her in foal in 1998, and are now trying again, in April 2000, for a 2001 Arab-Lipizzan partbred foal. Knight, as P. Gloria II-1 is called, is a remarkable young stallion, one of the very best lipizzans in the United States. He is owned by Imperial Farm. His web site has some nice pictures of him, as well as the report from his stallion evaluation which was performed by Dr. Jaromir Oulehla, Director of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. There are also some photos of his babies, which should give you a good idea of why we want to cross him with Ylla.
Assuming that the breeding takes this year, we'll be having breathless foal-watch in late February/early March of next year.
What Color is Ylla?
Ylla is a grey. Born a black-bay with a little white star, she will gradually lighten in color until she turns completely white.
At 2 years old she was a very striking bronze color.
At 3 years old, she was much lighter -- as if she'd been dusted with powdered sugar. Her mane and tail were definitely turning silver.
At four, she was obviously going to be a white horse. Notice how her face is turning white first.
Here at five, she's very white in the face, and is dappling on her shoulders. But her barrel and butt are still quite dark.
Ylla at six is starting to look like a white horse who isn't quite there yet.
And here she is at 7 years old, spring of 2000. Still dappled on her butt, still dark on her lower legs, but clearly not for too much longer.
The genetics of horse colors is a very complex subject. Grey is one of the simplest colors to understand -- it is a simple dominant gene. If a horse has even one grey gene, that horse will be a grey. Greying is a pattern, or process, not a distinct color. The horse is born with whatever base color coat its genetics specify, and then turns white as it grows older. The various stages of greying have names: rose grey, dapple grey, flea-bitten grey...people sometimes mistakenly think that these describe permanent coloring.
There are a lot of interesting Arabian horse sites on the Web
The Arabian Horse Registry of America's newsletter is on the web.
One cluster of sites is at A White Horse.
Another is at ArabHorse.
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