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    06-25-2012, 03:01 PM
  #11
Green Broke
Browns have what they call "soft parts" that are shades lighter, sometimes almost a tan color. These are the muzzle, eyebrows, flanks, just behind the elbows, etc.

They can be basically the same color as a bay (and many "bay" horses are actually brown) all the way to black with the "soft parts" being lighter.

I'm sure the color gurus can explain it better ..........
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    06-25-2012, 03:04 PM
  #12
Yearling
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Originally Posted by texasgal    
Browns have what they call "soft parts" that are shades lighter, sometimes almost a tan color. These are the muzzle, eyebrows, flanks, just behind the elbows, etc.

They can be basically the same color as a bay (and many "bay" horses are actually brown) all the way to black with the "soft parts" being lighter.

I'm sure the color gurus can explain it better ..........
Oh okay, so Browns have light points and Bays have dark points?
     
    06-25-2012, 03:11 PM
  #13
Green Broke
It's the location that is important. Browns can have black "points" .. legs, manes, tails, .. but their soft spots are going to be the lighter shade.

Bays should be a solid bay color in their soft spots as well as their bodies..




^^ Notice the lighter areas around the muzzle on around the eyes .. brown.



Notice solid bay color ? ... bay.
     
    06-25-2012, 03:15 PM
  #14
Yearling
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Originally Posted by texasgal    
It's the location that is important. Browns can have black "points" .. legs, manes, tails, .. but their soft spots are going to be the lighter shade.

Bays should be a solid bay color in their soft spots as well as their bodies..




^^ Notice the lighter areas around the muzzle on around the eyes .. brown.



Notice solid bay color ? ... bay.
Ah, thank you. I have definitely confused the two in my lifetime
     
    06-25-2012, 03:19 PM
  #15
Green Broke
Me too! And the closer the browns are to bay colored, the harder it is for me to tell... lol. It all hinges on those "tan" looking soft spots.. As far as I can tell.


And you've seen black horses that had a brown colored muzzle? They are brown .. not black.
     
    06-25-2012, 03:24 PM
  #16
Yearling
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Originally Posted by texasgal    
Me too! And the closer the browns are to bay colored, the harder it is for me to tell... lol. It all hinges on those "tan" looking soft spots.. As far as I can tell.


And you've seen black horses that had a brown colored muzzle? They are brown .. not black.
Yeah I always knew that a true black horse won't have any brown hairs, anywhere.

I have always got confused with Brown and Bay, and I don't think it matters how much you type it out, you can still make mistakes in real life.
     
    06-25-2012, 03:26 PM
  #17
Green Broke
Absolutely!
     
    06-25-2012, 03:29 PM
  #18
Yearling
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Originally Posted by texasgal    
Absolutely!
I wish it wasn't so hard haha. From now at, whenever I see a Bay/Brown I am going to try my very best to decide which it is! There are a couple at work that I can study too
     
    06-25-2012, 03:31 PM
  #19
Green Broke
If it's really convoluted, take a bunch of pics and post it for the color gurus on here .. they love a challenge!
     
    06-25-2012, 03:37 PM
  #20
Yearling
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Originally Posted by texasgal    
If it's really convoluted, take a bunch of pics and post it for the color gurus on here .. they love a challenge!
I sure will!

Actually, I havn't got any new pictures at my new work... That's motivation for me to take some, finally!
     

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