>>>> Question, does a mares color pattern have anything to do with the foals? Satin came to us as a brood mare having had 5 foals, and they are all blankets. None of them are leopard or b/w...
Generally, Appaloosas who are leopard can produce leopard, and they might also have other pattern genes so could also produce blankets. Blanketed Appaloosas generally cannot produce leopards on their own-- if a horse has a pattern gene for leopard normally the horse will be a leopard or near leopard itself, so if you don't see it, it won't be passed along--
That is, if expression of their pattern is not suppressed by other genetic factors-- Very occasionally a horse with leopard lineage will look like it has a large blanket, but will produce leopards without having a mate who could contribute the leopard patterning, meaning it has the gene for leopard patterning, but it is not being fully expressed. You might also see a horse with just a few flecks on its rump produce full-blown big spotted blankets from mates without any Appaloosa genetics to contribute-- obviously, the Appaloosa parent has some pattern genes that are not fully expressing.
The above only applies to Appaloosas who have the LP gene to "light up" whatever pattern they have-- totally solid non-characteristic Appaloosas can carry one or more pattern genes and you would never know, unless/until they were bred to an LP gened mate and if the foal inherited LP from that parent and the "hidden" pattern gene form the solid parent.
Also, if an Appaloosa with a blanket or a leopard Appaloosa is not homozygous for any particular pattern gene(s), they might also produce a solid that will roan later---LP by itself does that-- having LP but lacking pattern genes, the foal is born solid, often with characteristics,and usually will roan to some extent as they age.
I would love to see photos of your mare, and see her pedigree-- is it on allbreedpedigree.com ? Or if you have her registered name, I can look it up on the ApHC database.