Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
There is a very clear genetic difference between black and brown, and a fading black does not make a horse a brown. A brown horse would not have the ability to appear jet black at certain times of the years - he may be brown, or faded brown, but you won't get that jet black Friesian color on a brown.
Someone posted an excellent point - Friesians. Friesians are exclusively black with an occasional chestnut throwback. Agouti flat out doesn't exist in the breed - and yet you'll often see, as pictured, extremely brown/bay colored Friesians during summer.
There is a genetic black that does not fade, Risa's Keegan is a non-fading black, even in summer he is glossy glossy black. "True black" is a very misleading term, and one I wouldn't personally use. True blacks are horses that are genetically black with the absence of agouti, regardless of what physical color they may appear.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.