Wow! Thanks for all the replies!
Originally Posted by wild_spot
To me, he looks liver chestnut, maybe with splash white in there to account for the blue eye.
I've actually been assuming splash white, too, between the blue eye and the white lower lip.
Originally Posted by aneternalflame
I posted this link on the sooty palomino thread, but on this page there is a palomino who is about the same colour as your horse. The third picture down. I think the only way you could be sure would be to have your horse tested. Morgan Colors- Palomino Morgan Horses
That is really interesting! If I'd seen that fella walking down the street, I'd never peg him as a palomino! I'll have to look into the color testing!
I also would call him a liver chestnut. I could be wrong but don't palomino's have the ability to throw back to chestnut since its the recessive gene? I don't know it's been a long time since 4-h horse bowl genetics lol. Oh and he's super cute by the way! I love his blue eye :)
I'm by no means a genetics expert, but I do remember reading something once about crossing palominos with chestnuts to deepen the gold shade, or some such thing... that was in a very dated book, though, and it seemed like it was referring to a redder or copper chestnut rather than a liver shade.
Thanks for the compliment! I'll pass it on to him!
Originally Posted by Squeak
I vote liver chestnut...
You look *so* familiar!
Originally Posted by Iseul
hmm...I'd go with liver chestnut as well, but he may "soot out" ( don't know what else to call it XD was a try to be joke thing thing..maybe not though..) as he gets older. But I definitely see liver chestnut as of the moment.
Testing is probably the only way you'll be able to know for sure though, as a few others said.
Oh..and I know who you remind me of XD look almost like identical twins. The chica that rides Izzy at the barn I ride at haha so very, very similar lol
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Ha ha, I get the familiarity thing a lot, actually. I must just have one of those faces...
Actually, Iseul, now that I look at you location, I'm in NW PA. So, maybe you've seen me... I don't know any horses named Izzy, though...
Originally Posted by RoyalsRebel
Do you know what the colours are in his bloodlines? As far back as you can go? That should help give an indication. I'd rule out Bay completely, his points are brown rather than black.... but his colouring could be a lot more interesting than simply liver chestnut depending on his genes! :)
I really don't have much background on him at all. He's ballparked about 8 years old (vet's guess based on teeth), and the people that I bought him from had him for about a month; he was given to them in really poor condition. I don't even know quite what breed he is... I'm basically assuming QH/Pony cross. I bought him for his charming attitude, lol. The most history I have on him is an old vet receipt from a year earlier and the palomino comment from an, erm..., less than reliable source (long story). That sooty stallion has me reconsidering it, though. Right now he's down as a dark chestnut on his Coggins paperwork, but that is my guess as the sellers didn't have any kind of records with him upon sale. The only reason I have an '08 vet receipt is that he was seen by my vet then, and we were able to ID his name and markings on the doc's computer. Looks like it'll take a test to be sure. I'll have to look into it after I see what kind of dent his annual checkup makes in my wallet!
Thanks for the insights, everyone! Looks like he'll stay dark/liver chestnut unless I can get him tested and he proves to be otherwise!