Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South of No-where
I don't understand all of the comments about the lightness around the eyes. That only applies to gray and without a gray parent - that gene can not be present. Classic roan leaves the head alone and only effects the body. The only way the lightness around the eye could indicate something of that nature is if the "blue roan" daddy was actually a gray that has been misidentified. Any photos of the sire?
The primitive markings on the foal are not unusual - a lot of foals have primitive type markings until the foal coat sheds - its a type of camo for the babies that has nothing to do with a dun gene. However, it could stick around in the future in the form of countershading if this foal is really a dark bay with the smutty gene. The smutty gene can create countershading that resembles primitive markings.
From the photos & the info provided (if the sire's color is accurate), I bet this baby is going to be a black-based (blue) roan. However, its going to be hard to know 100% sure until the foal sheds its coat.
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