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post #1 of 12 Old 10-29-2013, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Bay roan or rabicano?

So I've always thought my QH was a bay roan....but I've always noticed he doesnt "roan out" as much as a lot of roans I've seen. I tell my friend he's a wanna-b roan haha! Recently I had someone tell me he's actually a Rabicano, I'd never heard of that before, but from pics it does look more like him...What do you experts say? Its like he gets patches of it...I don't have a good pic of his chest but that's like the most normal roan looking place lol
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Brown roan.
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That's him trying to be brown
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Brown roan.
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Ha so I wasn't right about either! I was always told he was a bay roan till someone told me he was a rabicano because of the white above his tail! Well nice to know for sure now
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Bay and brown are often confused as they are modifications of the same gene (agouti). The way to tell if he's bay or brown is that brown lightens the soft points of the horse (muzzle, inside of elbow and flank, under eyes).
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The roan/rabicano confusion in your case comes from the fact that roans tend to get more solid colored in appearance with their winter coats. In a very similar situation, my BOs used to own a mare registered blue roan. They got her in the winter and I disagreed, saying she was a brown rabicano because that was exactly that she looked like, but I forgot to account for the winter roan look. She was also a brown roan.
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Oo, I see! He actually doesn't change TOO much in the winter, little darker but for the most part same graying, some patches tend to come and go though lol The pic with the yellow thing wrapped on him its his winterish coat, I don't remember exactly what month but it was winter, then the pic with his shipping boots was in april, so spring coat.
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Hm that's from Jan, terrible pic to judge by haha but his chest doesnt have as much roan so he's def darker, can't find a good picture :( Guess I don't notice him getting darker since I see him so much but when I look at pics he is darker just still has a few goofy spots haha

Do you think he'll ever get more "roany" looking, lol...or always just kinda have his patches and light roaning

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You have to remember too that with Rabicano, the "roaning" originates from the flank and spreads as compared to normal roan which covers the body (except the head and legs). Plus rabicano's coon tails are generally more "barred" looking rather than just a bunch of white.
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