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    04-17-2010, 03:35 PM

Not too sure if this is the right place to post this but I'll give it a go. I just finished reading a book by Sarah Gruen, "Riding Lessons". (If you haven't read it, it's great - really enjoyed it). Question though? The main equine characters in the book had brindled coats. I've been around horses for what I'd consider quite a long time, but this is the first time that I guess I realized that this was a possibility. Can anyone tell me more about this? I've always thought dogs were the only lucky ones that could have this coat variation, but perhaps I was wrong?

I'd sincerely love to know more. If anyone breeds or knows more about bridle colored coats, I'm interested.
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    04-17-2010, 06:15 PM
It is possble in horses, though rare. Maybe some of the more "genetically informed" members on here can tell you more. In the meantime, here's some pics/more info on/about brindled horses! (almost halfway down the page)
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    04-17-2010, 06:21 PM
Green Broke
I was under the impression the brindle coat in horses was linked to chimerism?

I know there was a nutso color breeder in Australia that was trying to breed brindle horses - she got shut down though.

Starving horses were part of an unusual breeding program Bridlepath

Ah, there's a website full of 'em (well, of course there is!)

Brindle Horses - a rare equine coat color

There's even a registry for them - Kevin! You were a day late and a dollar short!
    04-17-2010, 06:44 PM
Green Broke
Sorry for the double, but here's a link to the article I remembered seeing about the link between brindle and chimerism.

To me, breeding chimeric horses, especially to each other, seems like a bad idea - way too many seperate dna strands floating around, not to mention the great increase of a foal being hermaphoditic, either internally or externally.

It DOES say in the article, that most chimeras are brindle, but not all brindle horses are chimera.
    04-17-2010, 07:37 PM
Green Broke
I've dreamed of a brindle pintaloosa (ha ha).
    04-17-2010, 08:32 PM
I started looking up Bridle horses after reading that book too (It was a great book!). The links that everybody posted are great, thank you.
    04-17-2010, 08:52 PM
Read that book too! Loved it! :)
    04-17-2010, 09:11 PM
That was an amazing book!
    04-18-2010, 02:05 AM
It CAN (and I think usually is) linked to chimerism, but there are rare brindles that aren't.

Cattle can be brindle to.
    04-18-2010, 02:42 AM
They remind me of real life Breyer woodgrain horses.

I had a brindle goat ones, coolest looking thing.

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