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    06-27-2012, 07:33 PM
Green Broke
buck skin?

Is buckskin a color or is it when they have that line down there back.. Me and my mother are having a disagreement right now
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    06-27-2012, 07:43 PM
A buckskin is a color... The line going down their back is called an eel stripe.

Buckskin is a tanned colored horse, with usually black socks, mane and tale. But they can come in other colors.
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    06-27-2012, 07:56 PM
Edit: ahh got whatcha mean. A dorsal stripe is what the line is called, buckskin is a tan colour horse.
    06-27-2012, 07:59 PM
I've never heard it called an eel stripe! That's neat.

I've always heard of it as a dorsal stripe associated with "primitive markings".

A buckskin horse carries one copy of the cream gene acting on the agouti gene.

Primitive markings are found within horses that carry the dun gene.
    06-27-2012, 08:03 PM
I should add that a lot of "buckskin" horses can be mixed up with Dunskins which can present the primitive markings.

It also matters what registry is involved.
    06-27-2012, 09:18 PM
Buckskin = Bay + Cream. Generally no dorsal stripe, but can have a very lookalike stripe, but is called countershading.

Dun = Bay + Dun. Similarly colored to buckskin, but this has the "primitive markings" such as leg barring, shoulder barring, and a distinct dorsal stripe.

Dunskin = Can through you for a loop. Buckskin + Dun. Same color as a buckskin, but does have leg and shoulder barring and a dorsal stripe.

Dorsal stripes look like they were drawn on with a marker. Countershading has blurred lines and isn't distinct.

If you want to know if a horse is a dun or a buckskin, duns will have leg barring. Buckskins will not.
    06-28-2012, 12:29 PM
I am going to add to Poseidon's post and say that any color of horse can also have the Dun factor. You can have a chestnut dun, a bay dun, buckskin dun, palomino dun, etc.
    06-28-2012, 01:01 PM
Green Broke
Poseidon is right on...I own a buckskin and she will sometimes have what appears to be a dorsal stripe, sometimes not. But it's actually countershading, she lacks any of the other "dun" characteristics.

Like Po mentioned, buckskin is a Bay with the "cream" gene...so basically a bay whose brown-colored parts are now a cream color of some shade...but the black remains black, which is why you see the black-trimmed ears, black legs, and black mane and tail still. Buckskins can come in all sorts of shades too...mine is more a "buttermilk buckskin" color, for example, here's a photo of her. And here's a website that does a good job explaining too

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    06-28-2012, 01:24 PM
Green Broke
Here's one where you can sort of see her countershading...it always comes out in the spring when she sheds her winter coat, then fades out as the summer goes on...
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