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post #11 of 13 Old 10-14-2012, 07:35 AM
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I think she's bay roan...
the mane's brown in the first picture but it looks black in the last one and she's got black stockings on her legs, consistent with the bay colouring.
She looks a similar colour to a pony I ride who is bay roan too.
Bay and brown are both mutations of the agouti gene. They both restrict black pigment production to the points of the horse. So both bay and brown horses have black on their legs, black on their ears, black manes and tails - the "hard" points, or the extremities of the horse. The difference between the two colours is in the "soft" points - muzzle, flank, under the tail, in the elbow. On a bay horse, these would match the body colour. On a brown horse, the "soft" points are lighter than the body colour.

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post #12 of 13 Old 10-15-2012, 06:27 PM
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She almost looks more like a varnish appy, but I will take your word she is a normal roan, her base coat looks to be Seal bay/brown (notice the light redish tan on her soft spots) so that would probably make her a brown roan, But she is a type of bay, so IDK, I guess you can choose!
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post #13 of 13 Old 10-15-2012, 06:36 PM
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Totally not an expert or anything, so don't mind me. I did see a color called "purple roan" a few months ago that reminds me of this horse color. Not sure if it was correctly labelled (or even exists!) but, that's what it reminded me of. :'D
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