Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
• Horses: 0
It's coming into winter there correct?
Brown and bay are both mutations of the same gene, so they do very similar things. They both restrict black to the points of the horse, just in different ways. Bay keeps black on the points as much as possible, leaving it off the main body of the horse. The body remains a very even tone all through the year. Brown restricts the black differently - it keeps it on the points, but mostly it keeps it OFF the soft points (flank, muzzle, inside the elbow, inside the hinds etc). Brown tends to have very variable colour season to season, with generally a visible change from winter to summer. It is often in the horse's winter coat that you can see the difference in the two.
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