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post #11 of 38 Old 02-10-2013, 02:21 AM
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Probably his worst picture ever but this is my grey horse. But if he was lost, I'd feel calling him black would be more effective to the general public.
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post #12 of 38 Old 02-10-2013, 09:01 AM
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Definitely black! He could be smokey black but you would have to test him. Cute horse

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Thanks everyone for the feedback. I was just curious because it seems his muzzle, underbelly soft spots and under his tail are the faded areas rather than the back and such you would expect with normal fading.

I was looking at his paperwork and it seems for his one coggins he must have been really faded because he was listed as bay! All other markings were perfectly correct on the paperwork. And last spring at the adoption he looked like more like a dark liver chestnut.

I need to find a good picture of his eyes. They look more like a dark amber than the brown you typically see.

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My Mustang has amber eyes like your guy. And he is chestnut.

Based on that and the photos you posted I would call him liver chestnut.

Are his mane and trail true black? Because in the photos, they don't look really black like I would expect to see on a black horse.

Heck, I don't know. He could be a fading black. But I wouldn't be surprised at all if he was chestnut based. But what do I know.

I have a mare (who is a gray) who is black based and her eyes are VERY dark. And her gray son (bay based) also has very dark eyes. But I don't know if black horses HAVE to have dark brown eyes.

But my chestnut Mustang sure has the amber eyes. Here is a photo (best I could find) showing his eye color.
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Definitely fading black IMO. If he were red based, I would definitely expect at least a paler coronet band, but he is dark to the hoof. As far as the fading in the soft points, they don't seem hugely lighter to me. As well as that, I would expect far more change from season to season if he were brown, but he is fairly consistent in colour from what I can see.

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What is the genetics of brown?

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Cat, I'd just call him beautiful .
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What is the genetics of brown?
Brown is a mutation of the agouti locus, related to but different from bay. It restricts black differently, in that it actively tries to keep black off the "soft" points of the horse first and foremost, namely the muzzle, eye, elbow, flank, and under the tail. A brown horse can be very light, enough to mimic bay, or dark enough to be close to black.

Genetics wise, brown is notated as an "At" on the agouti locus. It is thought to be recessive to classic bay, but the order of dominance is not really well understood as some bay horses have produced brown foals, while some brown horses have produced bays. As it is a form of agouti, the horse must be black based, as it will not express on a red based horse.

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Chiilaa - can a real black have light under the tail as well?

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So a genetics test that can determine the difference in bay and brown is available? Right? Years ago, we called them dark bay. Same horse.

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