My reg. Paint mare, Charity, is solid black, but has a very visible dorsal stripe. Her father was a purebred Paint horse, and her mother a purebred Quarter Horse.
Here is her pedigree: Poco Lady Charity Paint
Any clues as to why she has a dorsal stripe? Maybe its something in her breeding? I don't think King or Poco Bueno had a dorsal (I LOVE King babies, so i know a bit about them) But i know a lot of people managed to get grulla horses out of King babies... so maybe he has the dorsal stripe/leg barring somewhere in his breeding.
I've seen dull dorsals on other horses too (sometimes chestnuts, palominos, etc) I've even seen a Palomino with a very visible dun stripe AND leg barring.
Anyways... Do all horses have some form of dorsal if they get sun bleached? Charity isn't really sun bleached... and if she was, wouldnt the dorsal on her back get bleached out too?
I've heard people talk about how there is no true black horse... just really really dark bays. But i'm pretty darn sure Charity is considered black. I can spot a phoney black horse in a New York minute.
I'd love any input on this that I can get! I feel all.. newbish.. for asking, LOL!
Another picture of her taken the same day i took the dorsal picture to show you what her whole body color is like: