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    11-03-2013, 11:36 AM
Looks almost like brindle in a few spots.
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    11-03-2013, 01:49 PM
Those striations are common Appy roaning patterns that follow the ribs...
    11-14-2013, 08:42 AM
Just thought I'd say that your horse is absolutely stunning!
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    11-14-2013, 03:58 PM
I agree with varnish roan. In Appaloosas varnish roan is a distinct genetic pattern similar to other appaloosa exclusive colors like leopard etc- it's part of the leopard gene complex. It differs from other breeds and is not a TRUE roan. They loose the spotting and dark areas more and more as they age, but do stay dark around immediate bony areas such as the knees, fetlocks, cheekbones and head etc. It looks to me like this horse also has a blanket extending over the withers, it just blends in to the varnish roan.

This is my 28 year old Varnish Roan gelding Royal

    11-14-2013, 04:40 PM
Varnish does not affect spotting/spots and does not cause spots to vanish. Varnish can reveal spots as it progress (spots that are hidden by a solid color but would be visible if there were a blanket/larger blanket).
    11-14-2013, 11:31 PM
The Varnish Roan is an Appaloosa coat pattern only found in horses Homozygous for the lp gene, appaloosa spotting such as leopard and spotted blankkets can only be found in Heterozygous individuals so a true varnish roan can not have the spots you are thinking of. I was refering to the dark splotches and marks this horse has. They will fade.
    11-15-2013, 12:25 AM
Where on earth did you get that info? The only pattern that indicates homozygosity in Appaloosas are snow caps and few spots. Not varnish.
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    11-15-2013, 11:09 AM
I'll try to find the original site and link it for you. It was part of my research into moon blindness a number years ago after purchasing an affected gelding. If I find credible conflicting information I'll certainly take back my statement and admit I was wrong, there's always more to learn :)
    11-15-2013, 11:26 AM
The only credible genetics site that I know of is, not including the actual university/genetics testing sites. Any other site is sketchy, IMO.
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    11-15-2013, 11:43 AM
You're right. I'm finding a few good sources listing Varnish roans as heterozygous, so I apologize. I think I confused PATN1 and PATN2 with double varnish alleles being responsible for few spot and snowcap with the separate Varnish pattern.

She's a pretty mare caljane, sorry for diverting your thread.
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