I next paint the manes and tails. I use a dark grey for those horses who will end up with black hair. For the Chestnut I have used a slightly lighter and more golden colour than the body. Alternatively you could use the same colour or one much lighter such as cream or sand. The black hair will get a black wash on top to bring out the details
Saddle cloths, blankets, straps and saddles are next. You do not have to be too careful in those areas that will be obscured by the rider. When these are done I apply a final very thin raw umber wash over everything in the same way as I do when painting men. You can see the difference the raw umber makes in the photo to the right. The details are brought out into sharper relief, the coat is deeper, there is automatic outlining and little mistakes are covered up. I find it rarely necessary to paint the eyes after the wash as the raw umber does it for you.
Before painting the straps and saddle cloths I touch up any areas, where I will be using a light colour, with white. As the reins and straps will be black it is not necessary to do them. However if they were to be natural leather, as with many of my ancient horses, they too would need to be touched up.
Finally I paint the metal work and add the white markings to the legs and faces. For this I use an off white as pure white would be too bright. I do this after the final wash as the raw umber would make it go a bit too yellowish. The horse is now ready for its rider.
Sometimes I will dry brush the tail to bring out the detail a bit more. This is often particularly necessary with black hair. It was not necessary in this case as the umber wash did the job for me