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post #21 of 23 Old 04-16-2013, 01:01 PM
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Yeah, I only ever use chestnut, and perhaps flaxen chestnut or liver chestnut depending on the shade.

It's no different than using blood bay, bay or dark bay to describe a black horse with agouti (although dark bay is now known to be almost exclusively brown).

Same as using "buttermilk" or "claybank" to describe buckskin and dun. Genetically, all the shades are the same, they just come up with descriptive words based on shade.
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I was always taught that east of the Mississippi used the term chestnut and west used sorrel. Makes sense for English and western too. We have to remember that these names for colors came about long before we understood the genetics behind the color.

Good question though!

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Okay. I genrally use chestnut. But I ride westren. I guess most people here ride english so he would probably be referred to as a chestnut.

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