Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
OP, a better picture would help everyone out with suggesting which colour. We need to be able to clearly see muzzle, legs, and flank; as those are what must be black for it to be a bay instead of just brown.
Someone mentioned that bays cannot have sunbleached manes or tails, I beg to differ. I don't have a picture right now, but the bay pony at my barn is most definitely bay, has -all- black points, and the bottom of his tail is sunbleached horribly at the moment.
HowClever, I'd definitely say that your horse is bay and agree with you. They're allowed to have lighter spots as long as all the points (legs, ear tips, muzzle, some consider flank but ive never seen a horse with a dark muzzle have a lighter flank...) are dark (look black). Even though part of the muzzle on your horse has the lighter mealy colour, he's still bay because of the fact that his lips (muzzle) are dark and not the same mealy colour. A lot of bays I've seen have the little bit of mealy fur above their dark point on the muzzle.
A bay is a brown with dark (black) points. So, if a brown has a mealy muzzle, the dark point would either cover up all of the mealy colour or some of it, as long as it would cover part of it enough to say that the muzzle is a dark point. Am I correct?
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