Chestnut or Sorrel?

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    07-05-2012, 11:26 AM
Chestnut or Sorrel?

I'm horrible at this. So I am told that this horse is chestnut because she has a darker coat with a flaxen mane and tail. Is that true?



So is the difference between sorrel and chestnut just a flaxen mane? And what the heck does liver chestnut look like?
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    07-05-2012, 11:30 AM
Sorrel and chestnut are the same color. Having a flaxen mane and tail are just variations of the color.
    07-05-2012, 11:34 AM
Green Broke
Agreed with Speed Racer. They are the same color, it just depends on who you are talking to and certain registries. Flaxen mane and tail can come with either.
Liver chestnut is a dark chestnut/sorrel
This would be considered a liver chestnut
I've heard people refer to them as "black chestnuts" before as well...
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    07-05-2012, 11:37 AM
English riders tend to go with "chestnut" and Western riders tend to go with "sorrel". Liver chestnuts have a browner tone to them.

Additionally, Everyone knows chestnut mares are crazy! (kidding!)
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    07-05-2012, 12:49 PM
They are the same, but in the APHA you can register chestnut or sorrel. Here is the guide from the APHA. Coat Colors
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    07-05-2012, 12:51 PM
Beautiful mare.
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    07-05-2012, 12:58 PM
Beautiful mare.
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    07-05-2012, 01:08 PM
Green Broke
I wouldn't rely on registries for color information... they are notoriously behind when it comes to genetics

Chestnut and sorrel are genetically the same color.
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    07-05-2012, 01:11 PM
Agree with above. Same colour, just different ways people use it :). By the way your mare is STUNNING :).
    07-05-2012, 05:29 PM
Genetically, chestnut, sorrel, flaxen chestnut, and liver chestnut are all exactly the same- though some breeds may be homozygous for certain shades or variations of the color. I believe your horse is a flaxen chestnut sabino.

Flaxen Liver chestnut Icelandic

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Flaxen Chestnut arab

Liver Chestnut Arab

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