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    05-05-2010, 07:44 PM
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Originally Posted by hillarymorganstovall    
I think they recognize brown as a color now... I would definitely say sealy brown
I would disagree with that. They HAVE found brown as a gene, but it's just another form of agouti - so it basically seems to create that dark bay color all over instead of keeping black points.

Her boy is clearly red based - regardless of shades, bays will always produce a mahogany tinge whereas chestnuts will remain "reddish". His uniform reddish hue and golden highlights indicate to me he's definitely not black based.

Here's a perfect example:

Top Line Quarter Horses

At first glance, almost everyone would assume she's a bay, but she's actually a liver chestnut with a dark mane. The second photo gives away her true color with that shimmery red tinge and non black legs.

Browns are almost exclusively a very dark bay, so dark that the black legs seem to disappear, hence the years of confusion between brown and dark bay. They will always have a very flat black or mahogany tinge.


His tinge is very blatantly black chocolate colored with tinges of mahogany on his points.

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    05-05-2010, 07:56 PM
Sealy brown is alot like liver chestnut... They often have tan muzzles, but not always... Here are more pictures and info..
    05-05-2010, 07:59 PM
Ok... your probably right!! I think it does look alot like a liver chest nut, and also like a darker seal brown.... I'm definitely no expert!!
    05-05-2010, 08:15 PM

I see the red that you are talking about, and seal brown horses seem to have darker legs, but I'm confused too...

I was wondering if his socks could possibly make his legs look lighter (obviously they can make them white, but make the dark points not show at all?) and can a liver chestnut have tan on its soft spots? In the second picture and last picture he looks like he has tan on his flanks and other places.

I'm not trying to second guess you, you sound like a pro! Just trying to learn

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