difference between sorrel & chestnut?

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  • Difference between sorrel and chestnut horses
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    01-10-2010, 02:02 PM
difference between sorrel & chestnut?

Isn't one supposed to be darker than the other? If so, what would my mare be considered? I've always called her a chestnut.

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    01-10-2010, 02:06 PM
Ive always classify a sorrel as being red and a chestnut as more of a brown. From the last picture I would say sorrel.
    01-10-2010, 02:10 PM
I've always used them interchangeably.
    01-10-2010, 02:10 PM
This should Help.....
The Horse Guide: Chestnut Horse Color
    01-10-2010, 06:44 PM
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I call them all chestnuts. Depending on your region some classify flaxen chestnuts as sorrels and where I grew up any really red chestnut was considered sorrel. Genetically they are all red horses.
    01-10-2010, 07:12 PM
Genetically they are the same. Most people call the darker ones Chestnuts, and the lighter ones sorrel. Especially with the flax/white mane and tail, they are called sorrel. But they are the same.
    01-10-2010, 07:22 PM
To me your mare is a Sorrel.
    01-11-2010, 01:41 AM
I think it all depends on what region of the world you are in and what discipline or group you are most associated with. Many of the old cowboy types will call everything sorrel. However, many english riders call everything chesnut. I personally consider the lighter ones sorrel and the darker ones chesnut. I would call your mare chesnut because her color is a little deeper red than many. I consider the sorrel to be the more orangey color but you will get a different answer every time you ask a different person.
    01-11-2010, 02:34 AM
Oo! Interesting topic. I actually have never used the term sorrel before, so this is fun to learn. So something like this mare would be considered sorrel?(By the way this is my colt's half sister)
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    01-11-2010, 02:40 AM
That is what I would consider a sorrel. There would probably be people that would disagree though.

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