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    05-16-2013, 05:48 PM
All here's a question that has been niggling at me for ages: which parts of the horse's body are considered "points"? I'm asking this because Luca's legs, tips of the ears, mane and tail are black. But he's classified as brown. Do bays have black muzzles too? Because Luca is black below the nostrils, but above them, he's lighter brown...just wondering...
Here's a pic of Luca's muzzle.
^ Oh, Luca
But he's definitely brown, isn't he?
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    05-16-2013, 05:50 PM
    05-16-2013, 05:51 PM
Luca is a brown.

Points are legs, mane, tail and ear tips.
    05-16-2013, 08:03 PM
But his points are black. That still makes him brown though, doesn't it? I love his colour, he looks like a horse shaped piece of shiny fudge
    05-16-2013, 08:05 PM
Yes his points can be black. Just like a bay's can be. Both bay and brown are different mutations of the agouti gene which is what restricts black on a black based horse. They just do so in different ways.
    05-16-2013, 08:23 PM
So Luca is a mutant?!
Well, anyway, thanks for clearing that up for me.
    05-16-2013, 08:25 PM
He's as much a mutant as an other horse.
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    05-17-2013, 01:52 AM
Mutant horses, lol.... There X-HORSES!
    05-21-2013, 02:02 PM
Haha, I have a mutant... er X-horse as well (avatar pic). She basically looks black save the light brown points on her flank, nose, inner legs, etc.

Getting back to dapples, I've heard the same thing about it being a sign of good nutrition and internal health, but wasn't sure if that was just an old wives' tale or not because I find it difficult to find any reliable articles on the topic. Some things I've read suggest they are genetic and will show up when the horse is in good condition - which would explain why not all healthy horses get dapples. My mare dapples year round, but in winter, they are not as obvious - it kind of looks like she lay on a chain link fence, for lack of a better way of explaining it.

I'd be really curious to know the exact cause of them though. For example, if I saw a dapple grey horse, I wouldn't necessarily attribute its dapples to health, but more to just strictly pigmentation, however, maybe I'm wrong on that? Maybe a grey horse won't dapple if it's not healthy? I'm not sure I've seen an unhealthy dapple grey horse to be able to properly tell.
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    05-21-2013, 03:02 PM
Grey dapples are different than other dappled colors, IMO.

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