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    09-19-2013, 02:26 AM
Bays don't have a real dorsal stripe, but they can have counter-shading that looks like a dorsal. But it's smudgy, and the edges are very well defined. A real dorsal looks like it was drawn with a marker.
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    09-19-2013, 06:32 AM
Bays do not have dorsal stripes caused by the dun gene. If the dun gene is present, the horse is no longer a bay, but instead they are a bay dun.

However - bays can have dorsal stripes. It is caused by something else - counter shading possibly - but it is still called a dorsal stripe. Dorsal stripes are not exclusive to dun horses, and they are called the same no matter what is causing them.

This guy cannot possibly be dun - he is a registered Arabian. As you can see, his dorsal is clean and crisp.

    09-26-2013, 04:17 PM
Both my bays have a stripe.
    09-27-2013, 04:20 PM
I've had two purebred Arabians with dorsal stripes, shoulder barring, and tiger striping on their legs and the ears (which one passed onto her colt). All just counter shading.
I have a light chestnut that almost looks like a red dun but since she's purebred, that's not an option. LOL
    09-27-2013, 04:42 PM
Originally Posted by Bridgertrot    
Yeah, duns have shoulder barring

I would think this is a grulla? Beautiful horse!
    09-27-2013, 06:46 PM
That is a grulla yes, and also a dun. All grulla is, is black + dun.

What most people think of as 'dun' is usually bay + dun.
    09-27-2013, 06:55 PM
Originally Posted by goneriding    
I would think this is a grulla? Beautiful horse!
Grulla is just a fancy name for a black dun (black base + dun).

Technically, ANY color can be diluted by dun, even coats that are already diluted by cream.
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    09-27-2013, 10:31 PM
Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
Technically, ANY color can be diluted by dun, even coats that are already diluted by cream.
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Yup like my Dunskin

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    09-28-2013, 08:02 AM
I think that is countershading! But you have a very beautiful horse there :)
    09-28-2013, 11:32 AM
Originally Posted by EquiiAlex    
I think that is countershading! But you have a very beautiful horse there :)
My dunskin or the OP? Definitely not counter shading on Jackpot he is a bay dun with cream or dunskin. Look closer on the first pic you'll see the leg barring he has them on all his legs.

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