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        09-03-2013, 05:37 PM
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    Weanling
    Chestnut or Sorrel?

    Is this horse a chestnut or a sorrel? And whats the difference?
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        09-03-2013, 05:38 PM
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    Showing
    They're the same thing. The Western world tends to call them sorrels, whereas those in the English world call them chestnuts. Same color. Red.
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        09-03-2013, 05:40 PM
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    Trained
    It's also the most common color a horse can have.
         
        09-03-2013, 05:42 PM
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    Showing
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    Originally Posted by Corporal    
    It's also the most common color a horse can have.
    Still my favorite, though.
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        09-03-2013, 05:42 PM
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    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    They're the same thing. The Western world tends to call them sorrels, whereas those in the English world call them chestnuts. Same color. Red.
    Thats what I though, but I had been told otherwise. Thank you

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    It's also the most common color a horse can have.
    Really? I would have assumed bays were more common!
         
        09-03-2013, 05:44 PM
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    Showing
    Nope, the base for pretty much all the coat colors is red, so of course chestnut/sorrel is the most common.
         
        09-03-2013, 05:46 PM
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    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    Nope, the base for pretty much all the coat colors is red, so of course chestnut/sorrel is the most common.
    Makes sense, thanks!
         
        09-03-2013, 05:49 PM
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    Green Broke
    Your horse looks exactly like my sorrel QH! Very coppery - I just acquired a chestnut Morgan last week, and the differences (at least with these two) are more than I imagined, seeing them together! I was always under the impression that sorrel and chestnut were more similar, but my chestnut looks by far a darker shade compared to Star :)
    * The Morgan in my avatar is Laney, who is a bay - time for a new avatar!
         
        09-03-2013, 05:52 PM
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    Showing
    Northern, there are variations of chestnut/sorrel, but they're the same color. You can believe otherwise, but that won't make it so.

    A liver chestnut is still red, as is a bright copper penny sorrel. Same color, just different depths and richness.
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        09-03-2013, 05:56 PM
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    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    Northern, there are variations of chestnut/sorrel, but they're the same color. You can believe otherwise, but that won't make it so.

    A liver chestnut is still red, as is a bright copper penny sorrel. Same color, just different depths and richness.
    I don't believe otherwise, but agree - that is what I was attempting to say, but in a round about way, I suppose :)
         

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