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post #1 of 9 Old 06-27-2012, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 9 Old 06-27-2012, 06:43 PM
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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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post #3 of 9 Old 06-27-2012, 06:56 PM
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edit: ahh got whatcha mean. A dorsal stripe is what the line is called, buckskin is a tan colour horse.
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post #4 of 9 Old 06-27-2012, 06:59 PM
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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.

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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.

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post #6 of 9 Old 06-27-2012, 08:18 PM
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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.

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post #7 of 9 Old 06-28-2012, 11:29 AM
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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.
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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

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckskin_(horse)
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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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