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    10-23-2012, 03:07 AM
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Appaloosa colors

It hurts my brain.

I just spent 3 hours working on a project over it. I love Appaloosas (someday in my fantasy future I shall have many of them!) and I was surprised just how much is going on there. I love learning about colors...but jeez!! I found lots of good info, but some of it just contradicted itself or was like "you breed blanket to leopard you get palomino" (not really, over exaggerating) but I certainly learned a lot.

Now I'd like to see your appaloosa's and/or tell me what you have learned about them
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    10-23-2012, 03:16 AM
I have one appy gelding. His name is Chips, I've had him since he was 6 weeks old, his Mom and him came here when he was that age. He was solid sorrel with the white blanket but roaned out around 3 or 4yrs. Old....he's now 9. He isn't registered but could be.....his Mom's reg. Name is Paint Me Grand and we named him Paint Chips but call him Chips. How he got that name is because when we brought him here he was chewing on the paint chips in the trailer LOL
I still haven't figured out how to add a pic to a message like this but will try to's 1am here and time to hit the hay!
    10-23-2012, 03:38 AM
Here is T-bone about 6-7 years ago:

We're not sure if he is a POA or small Appaloosa or a heinz 57. He acted more like a full grown appy then most of the POA's we were around as kids. He's lost a lot of his yellow color and has gone slightly darker on his points now. My goal now is after I retire sometime in the far, far, future, I'm going to get into foundation appaloosa's and go for the buckskin coloration.
    10-23-2012, 09:32 AM
Ha, another chance to post pictures of my boy up. Yay.

Okay. I THINK He is a Black/Blue Roan with a blanket w/spots that starts at his withers. And Sabiano(?) is at work with his blue eye ,white socks, and the face white... I think. No yes?

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    10-23-2012, 10:08 AM
Life will be much, much easier for you if you just accept that Appaloosa colouring is just funky and incomprehensible
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    10-23-2012, 10:16 AM
Just like minis.
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    10-23-2012, 02:34 PM
Green Broke
It was so painful to freaking learn about. "This might happen...but maybe like this...or this...and even maybe like this."

My pinto color project was soooo much easier! Hahah

What is a Heinz 47?! That's Ketchup right?! Hahah
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    10-23-2012, 02:55 PM
Originally Posted by Drifting    
Ha, another chance to post pictures of my boy up. Yay.

Okay. I THINK He is a Black/Blue Roan with a blanket w/spots that starts at his withers. And Sabiano(?) is at work with his blue eye ,white socks, and the face white... I think. No yes?
To me, he looks a little too solid underneath his white to be roan. If Sabino is causing his white marks I do believe Sabino often leaves roan-edged white markings. In a roan, I would personally expect the color underneath the white (the dark spots specifically) to have a more salt-and-pepper thing going than what I can see from the photos. He's gorgeous regardless. I love blanket Appys.
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    10-23-2012, 02:59 PM
I don't think he's going to keep the solid that he has now. I mean it would be great if he did, but I wouldn't be surprised to see that roan out when he sheds his winter coat. If not this year, then the next. But that's the fun with appys, you never know! I'm just crossing my fingers he won't varnish out ( I don't think he will, his Sire hasn't and his dam is a QH.)
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    10-23-2012, 03:02 PM
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He already looks like he has started varnishing to me. Varnish is what will make him lighter. He has the varnishing gene, that's why he is also able to have a blanket, which is caused by a separate gene. Technically, every Appaloosa is a varnish roan, some just don't show it like the others.:)
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