Horses with roan coats are very rare among most breeds, but among Nokota horses roan is the predominant coat color.
In winter the colored hairs grow longer, so the coat looks darker. In summer the long winter hairs rub off and the shorter light grey hairs comes to light.
Dark horses collect warm sunlight in winter to keep warm, light horses reflect warm sunlight in summer to stay cool!
Nokota horses are used to the extreme cold and tough winter climate in the Little Missouri Badlands. Now it’s obviously not cold enough here in Sweden and the daylight is coming back from the mid winter darkness, so our horses have a feeling that spring is on the way!
Roan coats feels nice and smells good, but thats a kind of universal feature among wild horses. Besides, deep roan horse coats are nice to look at, thats what we think anyway!
Wild Prairie Rose
The Official State Flower and The Official State Horse of North Dakota!