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
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!