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post #11 of 28 Old 09-29-2009, 11:46 AM
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She is a solid Sorrel/Chestnut appy.
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post #12 of 28 Old 09-29-2009, 12:30 PM
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I would say solid liver chestnut.
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Thanks! Yep, she's registered solid appy. Both parents are leopard spot appys. I just love the color. She is registered as sorrel but she looks so much different than my other sorrel so I wasn't sure.
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A red horse is a red horse any way you look at it. :P

This horse is actually genetically the same color as your girl!

Also, chestnut and sorrel are the same thing, some people just use the word chestnut and some just use sorrel.
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post #15 of 28 Old 09-29-2009, 06:19 PM
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my horses name suits him well! he is registered as a Sorrol but i dont think he is! His name is Red and here is my boy!
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post #16 of 28 Old 09-29-2009, 06:51 PM
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^^ That is most definitely a sorrel, or chestnut. Which ever word you prefer you use. People who do more english tend to use Chestnut, and western people tend to use Sorrel.
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post #17 of 28 Old 09-29-2009, 07:24 PM
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lol i do both!
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post #18 of 28 Old 09-29-2009, 11:06 PM
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I guess this is a term like everything else, it depends on where you grow up and what you learn. I was always taught that a horse colored with the brighter reddish or sometimes orangeish color were a sorrel (like HorsesHorses08 posted) and the darker red/blood colored horses like the OP posted are considered a "chesnut" and where sorrel horses are just a standard color, chesnuts are either lightly or heavily affected by a sooty modifier.

Again, this may not be how it is as far as strict genetics go but it is how I have always kept the colors straight.

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post #19 of 28 Old 09-30-2009, 09:47 AM
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Okay I have a question about chestnut and sorrel. My Paint is a sorrel, but the APHA also recognizes chestnut as a separate color. Are they just shades of the same color?

Here's their definition of Sorrel: Sorrel
body color reddish or copper-red; mane and tail usually same color as body, but may be flaxen or very dark brown.

body color dark red or brownish red; range from very light to liver chestnut; liver chestnut can be distinguished from black or brown only by the bronze or copper highlights on the legs; mane and tail usually dark red or brownish red, but may be flaxen.

I always thought too that the english peeps say chestnut and the western peeps say sorrel.

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post #20 of 28 Old 09-30-2009, 10:24 AM
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Yeah I was taught that sorrel had a flaxen mane and tail and chestnut was a bit darker and liver chest nut was a deep red.
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