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    05-15-2013, 11:49 PM
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Dapple bay standardbred.
     
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    05-16-2013, 01:37 AM
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Yearling
FIRST GREAT QUESTION!

Second! I was wondering it too! LOL! My mother in law's two brown's dapple- the mare more than the gelding.... and my copper color bay never does. They area all fed the same way. I sometimes THINK I see dapples in certain light on him in the summer, but then I am not so sure when he moves, lol. Not sure if it's harder to see on some colors?

What exactly makes the color slightly different? Is it the angle of the hair, or is the pigment actually a slightly different shade, or the oil in it's skin?
     
    05-16-2013, 01:38 AM
  #13
Trained
^^ Totally brown.

Some dapple, some don't. I know perfectly healthy horses that really don't dapple, just extremely shiny and overall appear to be in very good health. And some of every color that do, including black though it's more difficult to see.

My buckskin mare only dapples in the winter. It sheds out in the spring and her summer coat is uniform colored. Her diet doesn't change at all. Shrug.

I am unsure of what makes it look different though, Wheatermay. Abby's winter coat appears to have a different texture on the dapples than the rest of it. She looks like a pinecone when she's cold and puffs up her hair.
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    05-16-2013, 02:03 AM
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^^ Totally brown.

Some dapple, some don't. I know perfectly healthy horses that really don't dapple, just extremely shiny and overall appear to be in very good health. And some of every color that do, including black though it's more difficult to see.

My buckskin mare only dapples in the winter. It sheds out in the spring and her summer coat is uniform colored. Her diet doesn't change at all. Shrug.

I am unsure of what makes it look different though, Wheatermay. Abby's winter coat appears to have a different texture on the dapples than the rest of it. She looks like a pinecone when she's cold and puffs up her hair.
Are you saying the image I shared is of a brown horse?
     
    05-16-2013, 02:10 AM
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Originally Posted by LoveTheSaddlebreds    
Are you saying the image I shared is of a brown horse?
Yes. He is brown.
     
    05-16-2013, 02:15 AM
  #16
Trained
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Originally Posted by LoveTheSaddlebreds    
Are you saying the image I shared is of a brown horse?
Yes, I am.
     
    05-16-2013, 04:00 AM
  #17
Yearling
Hmmm.... Maybe it's different texture hair, good idea, lol... I have a habit of calling mine bay, but I think he is a light brown.... I can't remember... lol... Browns can be light colored copper right? And winter coat red?
     
    05-16-2013, 10:33 AM
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Yep, my understanding is that dapples can appear on any color of horse. Their location, prominence, and the length of time that they remain noticeable can all vary quite a bit.

I do believe that dapples are a sign of good health and nutrition. My mustang mare that I took in this winter who I've been working on packing the pounds and nutrition into has recently developed some very light dapples.
     
    05-16-2013, 11:04 AM
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Yes, I am.
What classifies it as a brown? (Curiosity spiked now) he's got black points. He just looks sun bleached. I was under the impression a brown horse doesn't have black points or looks similar to a black horse with minimal brown points.
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    05-16-2013, 11:44 AM
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Trained
Brown is just a variation of the agouti gene (which causes bay). Browns can and do have black points as brown just restricts black in a different way than classic bay. As to what indicators that say the horse is brown? The lightening around the muzzle, behind the elbow, in front of the stiffle and on the butt. Those areas are the last to sun fade so are not caused by sun fading.
     



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