11-19-2012, 11:55 AM
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My horse is brown. It irritates me when people tell me I'm wrong!! [he has a quite visibly lighter muzzle, he is NOT bay]
He's only like 1/2 shade lighter in his armpits/flanks/underbelly but he is lighter. Mostly only visible in the winter... and if you clip him [late, once he's gotten fluffy - clip him early and he doesn't change] he goes almost black on top and almost buckskin on his belly, whereas a true bay is more typically going to be one uniform colour and shade when you clip it. He is also, considering his breeding [anglo arab, so obvious pinto patterning is extremely rare in the cross because it's rare in both breeds - though yes, the genes do exist in both breeds, the expression is normally more minimal], a reasonably loud sabino, but because his belly splash is right underneath him and small, you can't see it, so people think he's just blingy. I think he might have something else as well as the sabino, maybe, because he has 3 half-cannons and a belly splash [actually about 3 of them, and they're "patchy" splashes] but only a star/stripe/snip on his face and not an especially good one either!
My mother is stuck in the dark ages with colours. If it has a white pattern it's pinto - she doesn't differentiate. She understands the dangers of OLWS and that it can hide in apparently solid horses, so if she was ever to breed she would test the mare for it, but she couldn't pick it just looking at a horse unless it was absolutely blatant. Considering I am anal about colours and getting the description right, it's a nightmare! Hahaha
The grey/roan thing is irritating.. I blame the Thoroughbred industry for that! Too many grey TB's are labelled as "roan". There are very very few true roans in the Thoroughbred breed and those very few all trace to the one unusually-marked stallion.