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    05-01-2007, 10:06 PM
Foal Color

I am breeding my grey arabian mare who has previously thrown 2 chestnuts, 1 bay, and 1 dapple grey when bred to a chestnut arab to a palomino quarter horse. The stallion has never been bred, but I know his dam was a bay and father was a palomino. I have no idea what this will throw. Any suggestions?
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    05-01-2007, 10:30 PM
A faol?????? Sorry just had to do that, it's a toss up, my friends bred there grey to a bay, they want a raon out of it.... maybe a piant?
    05-01-2007, 10:48 PM
I don't understand the word faol or piant. Can you please explain a little?
    05-02-2007, 12:41 AM
OOOPS!!!....foal baby horse......paint is a color of a horse
    05-02-2007, 03:38 PM
Oh I see. Neither one of the horses has any paint background though...
    05-10-2007, 04:03 PM
It would depend on her base color. All greys are born with a base color ie bay, chestnut, black and then grey out.

We have a grey arabian (who is overdue) bred to our black/white stallion. Her base color is black. With this combo she could have solid black foal, a solid black foal who greys out, a painted foal, or a painted foal who greys out.
    05-10-2007, 11:20 PM
Grey mares are a whole different kettle of colour. If the grey is homyzygous for grey (both colour genes have the grey 'mutant' attached) and she is mated to a double dilute, the offspring will mature grey, but that offspring will carry a cream gene so in future years it may surprise the unknowning by producing a Palomino or Buckskin foal to chestnut, bay, grey-with-one-solid-colour-gene, etc. mates - or it could even produce a Cremello or Perlino if its grey mate also has a cream gene hidden by the grey! If the grey has one grey and one chestnut/bay/brown gene (and it definitely has this if one parent was solid coloured and it may have it even if both parents were grey but one or both had a solid coloured gene 'hiding' behind the grey) then you have a 50% chance of grey offspring and a 50% chance of a dilute.

Perlino sire.. and the you knew the mare had chestnut and bay sire's, so they each have a 50% chance of producing a Palomino or Buckskin foal...even if they drop their grey gene.
    05-20-2007, 10:57 PM

I have had a Arab mare cross with a Paly Stallion and I got a Chestnut with flaxen mane and tail. The mares background is the same as yours. So I can almost garentee that you will get a Chestnut!!! Defintally not Bay, dapple grey or black!!
Cremello is a possiblity also is a paly- But Chestnut is your best bet!!
And who ever said Buckskin- well
    07-03-2007, 05:44 PM
First you have to have a paint to get a paint. Second you know that your mare has the greying gene and that she was a bay and she carries the chestnut/sorrel gene. And the stallion has the chestnut gene and the dilute gene. So not counting the greying gene which is actually seperate you have a 25% chance of a Buckskin, 25% Bay, 25% Chestnut/sorrel, and 25% Palomino. I am the color guru,,,,LOL
    07-08-2007, 04:02 PM
Totally agree with Jewleit. Plus, off all of those color possiblilites, there is a 50% chance the colt will gray out, regardless.

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