I used to have a brown Arabian. Except I always called him a dark bay.
To me, the problem with the term "brown" is that it doesn't sound like a real horse color. It sounds like what your non-horsey relative calls almost any horse, including chestnuts. Like, "Hey, look at the brown horse over there." :roll:
To me a bay is a horse with a brown base coat with black points. So anything brown with black points to me is a bay.
So yeah, I know genetically "brown" is something different from bay. But to me it's still a bay, because it has black points.
If I invented the term "brown" I would probably use it for something like a liver chestnut. You know, a brown horse with no black points.
It also seems a lot of browns are confused with blacks. I see a lot of brown horses called black. And I'm kind of like, yeah, whatever!
I think perhaps my gray yearling is also a part of the Badass Brown club? What do you think? Badass Brown going gray?