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  • Chesnut horses born what color

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    12-15-2009, 10:12 AM

I bought my weanling not knowing what color he would turn out to be. He was born with a dorsal stripe and he finally shed out with a mane/tail matching his coat, a chestnutty red color. His coat has grown out, its a little darker then the last pictures, but now he has a mane and tail growing in that are a darker color then his coat, its a chocolate brown/greyish color. Is he still a chestnut? I am having a hard time finding his coloring on a color chart. Maybe he'll change again. But it looks like his mane has been growing 3-4 inches of this dark color.

First month I had him (thats mostly baby fuzz)

Later in the summer
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    12-16-2009, 06:31 AM
Colors change in the spring especially on little ones but if he still has the stripe, and judging by the photos, he looks like he could be a Red Dun.
    12-16-2009, 08:43 AM
I agree. Judging from the smutty coloring of him (not so much reddish like a sorrel or chesnut) and the darker shaded points like the tips of his ears and his legs; couple that with the dorsal stripe, I would certainly say some shade of dun.

Although, my judgement is going based on his baby coat. The second pic is too far away to really be able to tell any details. Do you have a current one that is closer where we can actually see him?
    12-16-2009, 08:46 AM
I'm not seeing a definitive dorsal stripe, just counter shade. As asked above, do you have a current pic?
    12-16-2009, 09:25 AM
He was born with a dorsal strip, I really don't see it anymore. I don't have any recent ones of his whole body as of yet. I was posting that one mainly for the color. He dosent really have those darker points anymore. I'll try to get some pictures tonight on my phone, hoping they arent horrible.
    12-16-2009, 10:14 AM
I would say chestnut-- just a darker/browner shade. Its not unusual for chestnuts to be born with a strip down their back (countershading, etc.) which usually fades away when the adult coat comes in. I had a mare who kept hers her whole life, but she was definitely still just chestnut with a strip down her back, not dun.

The body shade does not look dun to me either-- I had a red dun stallion for several years and all of his red dun foals were born a pale apricot, gold or buff color, and shed into a darker peach/gold/yellowy/copper color. Their the adult body color was never as dark as your foal-- point color maybe, but not body color. Of course shades vary alot, but just for comparison, here are some red dun foals (the mare in photo #1 is also a red dun- notice the yellowish shade to her body, darker tail and hocks, and she has a definite dorsal stripe as well)--
    12-16-2009, 10:19 AM
^^ Yup the breeder was thinking he would be a red dun. But he seems too dark.

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