Originally Posted by Honeysuga
I don't think she is liver, her legs are lighter normal chestnut, and her winter coat is regular chestnut. She sheds out to a beautiful dark color though!
Look at the pictures Toto posted. Most chestnuts are lighter at the lower part of their leg. And there is no test for different shades of chestnut, it is what it is. Its either e/e, or not. This horse is e/e, no doubt. For AQHA, just put chestnut. Chestnuts are prone to different changes in coat color with the season.
My lease horse last year was a copper color in winter. In spring she darkened some, and by fall, she was super dark like your mare.
Palominos often go through coat changes too. From dull yellow, to a bright bright gold or a really dark tan color. It just depends on the season.
Diet matters too. If she's getting better quality feed then she was in past years, her coat will reflect that.
As well as amount of sunlight she's exposed to. More sun ='s sun bleached coat. Posted via Mobile Device