Obviously, Shiny's ever changing hair color is not a confession. My confession is that I didn't know if this color change, the dark hair part, was "normal" or what causes it. I knew from observing other palominos that they tend to get lighter in the winter (which is so odd to me...) but I didn't know what her dark hairs were about. I initially figured maybe it was like how gray horses get lighter as they age. Since Shine didn't have much of the dark coat the last couple of years. But when it returned this year, I had questions. And I had to google it. I've been horsing for thirty-five years. I did not know her color was called sooty. Now I know. And so do you! But I'm guessing you already knew this. Haha!