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post #21 of 28 Old 09-30-2009, 12:01 PM
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That is exactly how I learned it, ridesapaintedpony. If I was asked, I would consider the first horse you posted a sorrel, the second a regular chesnut and this horse (along with the fresian that Haley posted) would be considered a "liver" chesnut.
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post #22 of 28 Old 09-30-2009, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by ridesapaintedpony View Post
Are they just shades of the same color?
Yes, that's exactly what they are. Technically, they are all "ee", meaning, they do not carry the black gene. In addition, for a horse to be sorrel/chestnut they MUST be "ee" as red is recessive. A horse that is "Ee" or "EE" will always be black.

Smrobs- That horse is actually a Morgan. :P Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't believe the park out Friesians? Also it's veerryy rare to have a red based Friesians! Btw, I think the horse you posted is a great example of what I consider liver chestnut as well!

I too call the darker shades chestnut, and the lighter/redder shades sorrel. Then if the horse has a lighter mane than the shade of it's body, I add flaxen on top. Like "Flaxen Sorrel" or "Flaxen Chestnut". Of course there no actual correct term, so it's all a matter of personal preference.

I consider this a Flaxen Sorrel

and this a Flaxen Chestnut

.. and now the word flaxen looks really weird!

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post #23 of 28 Old 09-30-2009, 07:40 PM
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Hey, at least 2 of us are on the same page . Though flaxen looks weird on that last horse, I would swear they had dyed his/her hair orange. LOL
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post #24 of 28 Old 09-30-2009, 07:45 PM
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I think that it is dark cheasnut. Or liver cheastnut.

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post #25 of 28 Old 10-01-2009, 04:18 AM
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yer i would say that it is a dark liver chesnut.

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post #26 of 28 Old 10-01-2009, 08:46 AM
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we have a morgan at our barn the same color and she is a liver chestnut. My fav color. Beautiful!
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post #27 of 28 Old 10-01-2009, 08:18 PM
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i was always told Chesnots always have a light mane and tail and sorrols have dark mainand tail. I know there is a big difference but it does nopt matter to me Red is still my boy
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post #28 of 28 Old 10-01-2009, 08:21 PM
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Looks to me like a goat. Oh wait to far left LOL haha
Just messing with ya.
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