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    11-13-2012, 04:48 PM
Thanks Verona! Going to pull the hairs required for the sample tonight! :)
Can't wait to find out! All of this talking about it has got me curious
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    11-13-2012, 05:57 PM
I would personally say he's a Bay, because of how solid the black on his legs are. The mane is not always as dark on bays.
    11-13-2012, 08:04 PM
Originally Posted by SunnyMeadeFarm    
I would personally say he's a Bay, because of how solid the black on his legs are. The mane is not always as dark on bays.
Solid legs do not differentiate between brown and bay. Both are different mutations of the same gene, so both have black on the "hard" points of the horse - legs, mane, tail.
    11-13-2012, 08:23 PM
Updated full body pics

Snapped some good pics tonight! The sun was not in the way and it made me realize how he is not as red as I thought he was. He is pretty much the same color he is in the summer, only fluffier except for his muzzle. The pictures show this but there is no other lighter coloring on any other soft point. So is he still a brown?

Here are the pics! Please ignore the saddle mark. I tried a new saddle on him while he was tied and his hair was all fluffed up after I took it off. We did not ride ( I wish ). And also please ignore my finger in the corner of one picture. I was blocking the glare from the sun.

The first 5 are pics from today of his winter coat. The rest are ones of him faded out this summer, but to show that his general color does indeed stay relatively close besides the muzzle. And again, this is the first year the muzzle has done this. Thanks guys! Hope these new pics help
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    11-13-2012, 08:34 PM
I am leaning toward brown, but he is one I wouldn't bet on until he was tested lol. You can see a touch of lightening just under his flank, more on his belly than his side. It also looks like he has a touch of it just behind his eye.
    11-13-2012, 08:42 PM
I pulled the hairs today and am going to try and get it all in the mail to PetDNA tomorrow. Can you tell I'm dying to find out now??

Thanks for all the input all! If you would like to keep guessing go ahead! We can see who is right once the test comes in :)
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    11-13-2012, 08:46 PM
Woohoo! I can't wait to see the results, either
    11-15-2012, 12:42 AM
Hi Drifting Shadow, I would lean towards bay, but I'm a little shaky on the brown vs. bay debate myself. I'd like to hear what the genetic test says. I just recently learned (through this forum in fact!) that my horse, who I've always thought was bay, is more likely classified as brown. I've included some pictures of her below. Colour can be confusing sometimes - I'm still trying to wrap my head around it!

P.S. Your horse is cute, what breed is he?


    11-15-2012, 12:56 AM

I say he is definitely a bay.
The black on the legs and the black mane and tail gives it away.
    11-15-2012, 02:31 AM
Originally Posted by Standardbred    
I say he is definitely a bay.
The black on the legs and the black mane and tail gives it away.
Brown horses also have black on the legs, mane and tail. So that is not any sort of indicator to use to form an opinion.
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