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        06-01-2010, 02:29 PM
    Originally Posted by CheyAut    
    Yeah, dark bay or brown.
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        06-01-2010, 02:55 PM
    Originally Posted by .Delete.    
    We are talking technical standards, not opinions.
    Are you responding to my post?
        06-01-2010, 03:36 PM
    Im not sure I think it depends, im sure some horses look black when they are actually brown, but my mustang mare Onyx was a sold black, however in the summer she had alil redish high light, very faint unless you where up close, she was the blackest horse off color supluments I have ever seen.
        06-01-2010, 03:54 PM

    My black/white Paint turns a lil browner in the winter but is dark ebony black during the summer. I'll try to post some pics of this spring and now in summer.
        06-01-2010, 04:14 PM
    Agouti fur contains a pattern of pigmentation in which individual hairs have several bands of light and dark pigment with black tips.
        06-01-2010, 05:39 PM
    ^ While that is true in several species, it's not the case in equines.
        06-01-2010, 08:33 PM
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    Originally Posted by mls    
    I have two horses that are black according to the AQHA. My gelding is black. He does not 'fade' in the sun. He bleaches in his tack area from /sweat salt. He is NOT brown in the winter. My mare is a smokey black - she can bleach out all over. I do not consider her to be a true black but AQHA does not have the smokey option as a color choice.

    No, actually, genetically it's not. Regardless of the physical representation, my money would be on both your horses having the same basic genetic makeup for color. And "smokey black" means a black horse with a cream gene.

    It's no different then having a sorrel, a chestnut, a liver chestnut, a flaxen chestnut, etc. Genetically, they are all "red".
        06-03-2010, 01:47 AM
    A horse can be genetically black, and still fade, or have the appearance of a really dark bay or brown...
        06-03-2010, 07:08 AM
    A true black can fade, it's the sun bleaching the hair.. this will happen wither the horse is "true black" or black/brown..
        06-03-2010, 10:39 AM
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    Black never faded. Not even the tips of his mane and he was never covered.

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