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post #1 of 9 Old 01-16-2013, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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Bay with Buckskin/Dun markings?

I have an arabian colt (1/4 hackney) who is bay. He has a black stripe down his back, and my trainer mentioned he has dun markings. Is this normal? Have you seen it before? I will post pictures soon. His mother was mahogany/seal bay and also had these markings, and his father was white grey.
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-16-2013, 12:43 PM
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Since he's Arabian, he can't be a genetically a dun, hackneys are not dun either.
So this is most defiantly a case of counter shading, or in other words just the hair gets dark down the back and resembles a dorsal stripe.

This a purebred Arabian with countershading:

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A lot of bays have counter shading which mimics dun caused markings.
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post #4 of 9 Old 01-16-2013, 12:47 PM
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Definitely not a dun, but it will be interesting to see if he greys out ;)

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Ahhh I see! Thanks.
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If it is the same horse - Hero the horse

I doubt he is going to grey. He doesn't show any indications of it IMPO.
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Yes, he is four already and shows no signs so he is permanently bay most likely although I have heard of several cases where five year olds start going grey.
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post #8 of 9 Old 01-21-2013, 10:05 PM
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In order for him to go grey, he would need one grey parent. So it could be possible, but at 4 if he has not shown grey yet, he no doubt will remain bay.
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post #9 of 9 Old 01-22-2013, 12:51 PM
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I've got two bays that have counter shading - dorsal stripe and shoulder barring - and the beginnings of tiger stripping. One sorrel is so light with a dorsal she almost looks red dun. Lol
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