Is there such a thing as a bay roan TB? Rocket is registered as dark bay, but I have noticed that he has gray hair pretty consistantly all over him. At first I just noticed it on his back and side and I thought maybe it was from saddles, but today when I was just sitting with him out in the sun I noticed that he has gray hairs all over, even some gray in his mane, and a big spot of gray at the base of his tail. Would this be considered a bay roan, or something else, or is it just that some bays have gray mixed in with them.
This is from the Jockey Club site on "how to identify thoroughbreds"
Coat Colors Of Thoroughbreds
The following colors are recognized by The Jockey Club:
Bay: The entire coat of the horse may vary from a yellow-tan to a bright auburn. The mane, tail and lower portion of the legs are always black, unless white markings are present. Bay
Larger viewBlack: The entire coat of the horse is black, including the muzzle, the flanks, the mane, tail and legs, unless white markings are present. Black
larger viewChestnut: The entire coat of the horse may vary from a red-yellow to a golden-yellow. The mane, tail and legs are usually variations of coat color, unless white markings are present. Chestnut
larger viewDark Bay/Brown: The entire coat of the horse will vary from a brown, with areas of tan on the shoulders, head and flanks, to a dark brown, with tan areas seen only in the flanks and/or muzzle. The mane, tail and lower portion of the legs are always black, unless white markings are present. Dark Bay/Brown
larger viewGray/Roan: In order to reduce the number of corrections involving the colors gray and roan, The Jockey Club has combined these colors into one color category. This does not change the individual definitions of the colors for gray and roan and in no way impacts on the two-coat color inheritance principle as stated in Rule 1(E).
Gray: The majority of the coat of the horse is a mixture of black and white hairs. The mane, tail and legs may be either black or gray, unless white markings are present. Gray
larger viewRoan: The majority of the coat of the horse is a mixture of red and white hairs or brown and white hairs. The mane, tail and legs may be black, chestnut or roan, unless white markings are present. Roan
Get some good snaps of him both from a distance and close-up enough to show the roaning -- the Jockey Club identity research desk or the Thoroughbred Racing Protection Bureau identity research desk would be able to tell you how your horse would be officially classified. I am currently working with them on trying to identify our girl who's tattoo is not completely legible - turns out she "may" have been listed as roan rather than bay (I posted pics of her coat in a thread titled "how much white" last week) but it's still taking some time to conclude one way or the other due to the incomplete tattoo. Both sets of folks have been very helpful with any and all questions I have had.