I've just noticed....always thought it was just dirt, but now I see my Palomino mini has a dorsal stripe! Does this mean she's not a Pally? Does she have a dun factor or something? I thought dunalinos have dorsal stripes....could she be that? I'm a little confused lol. I thought Palominos never have dorsal stripes, but low and behold, Lulu does. Here's some pics of her:
(please excuse her, shall we say, heaviness....she's prego lol)
No, I don't know for sure she's a Pally. Have never had her tested, and I rescued her from a lady who had 14 horses on half an acre, all living in tin sheds or tied to fences. This li'l girl had been tied to a fence the entire first 5 years of her life! So I'm not sure of her parents coloring, and I'm sure her previous owners aren't either.
Really? Sorrel with the flaxen mane? I have a sorrel/chestnut horse, and their color is sooo different. He's like red, and she's....yellow.
What's counter shading?
EDIT: Btw, her tail is naturally flaxen. She pees in it, though, so that's why it's black at the bottom. We usually keep it shorter but haven't gotten around to cutting it this year! So it's not natural
I agree, she doesn't look exactly "palomino" to me either - but I don't think I see sorrel either. Although flaxen chestnut and palomino can mimic each other, I would expect to see more red undertones in her coat and I don't - she actually LOOKS classic palomino dun due to the "dullness" of her golden color and the unique darker patches around her.
Here are some photos of palomino duns - maybe could you get some closer photos of her legs?
As you can see, the dun causes the pale coloring and the darker goldish/dunnish (ROFL, I'm inventing words, I know) patches on the legs, shoulders and flanks - all of which we can see on your mare.
Ironically, I found this photo and she's listed as just palomino - but her entire dam line is a history of greys, so it's virtually impossible to tell if she might actually be a palomino dun but she CERTAINLY looks it to me with those dark legs and dorsel stripe!
Then again, she could easily be a palomino roan (roan runs in her lineage) with counter shading, or even a palomino dun roan! Colors are such fun!
In your case, I will say it is likely impossible to know 100% unless you have her color tested!
Just came back from the barn, got some pics. Sorry, I didn't see your post in time to get photos of her legs. Here's some from today in the sun, though. Sorry they're so big, it takes a lot of time to make them all smaller:
And a few from the other day, some showing her gray muzzle, mane, legs kind of: