That's actually pretty normal for a chestnut foal. It usually means that when it will shed out to its adult coat it will be a flaxen chestnut. Another hint that he will be a flaxen chestnut is his tail. His tail has a lot of whitish hairs on the under side of it. Flaxen is a modifying gene that affects chestnut horses' red manes and tails, turning them lighter than the body color. Some flaxen horses have silver-gray manes and tails instead of the more typical pale yellow or off-white shades of flaxen; this effect is thought to be caused by the sooty modifier acting on the flaxen hairs, effectively "dirtying" their color. Light flaxen chestnut horses can be mistaken for palomino, and dark flaxen chestnut horses can be mistaken for sooty palomino or silver dapple. Flaxen can "hide" on black based horses, as they do not have red manes and tails to show the effects of flaxen on. Not much is known about the inheritance of flaxen, but it is thought to be recessive.
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