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post #11 of 22 Old 06-13-2013, 04:38 PM
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From what I understand (though I may be wrong) flaxen just dilutes the mane/tail color to be lighter than the body color. How much lighter may vary from barely a shade to totally white looking.

So, in my mind, this is a flaxen


And so is this



At least, that's how I'll continue to view "flaxen" until they identify the gene and prove me wrong.
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That's my opinion as well smrobs.
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Interesting. I tried to find some better pictures, and this is all I could come up with, not very helpful, I know. I'm leaning towards flaxen as well as she consistently always had what I called the "blonde streak" in her tail which is in all of the pictures. She also always had lighter cream coloured hair intermingled in her mane. However, even if there was a genetic test, there will never be any proving it because she passed away 9 years ago!

The foal in the picture is my current mare Lilly, who is in foal for a 2014 baby where there is a possibility for Chestnut. I wonder how the genetics would work for flaxen in that case. I guess I'll have to wait and see.

You can sort of see the lighter mane peaking over from the other side.


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I had always imagined that my mare a red with a flaxen mane though her tail was always closer to her body color. My mare also passed away a few years back, so it doesn't really matter. She was beautiful either way in my opinion. :)
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LOL< flaxen is this color



I read the book when I was 10, that is what I think of as flaxen, and I am never going to let science and all that book learning change my mind, I read that book, and I believed it


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OP-- you're mare was a flaxen.

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OP-- you're mare was a flaxen.
I was way too tired when I wrote this.. YOUR mare is a flaxen..
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Haha! Glad I'm not the only grammarian on here. Thanks for the input. I'm thinking she was a flaxen as well and I wanted to know just out of curiosity because she's not as obvious as the yearling you have.
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I always think of flaxen, as an obviously red/chestnut horse, with a very light, yellowish coloured mane and tail. This as opposed to the light manes and tails on silver horses. Their light coloured manes have a colder, more white or silvery look to them, if that makes sense.

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Haha! Glad I'm not the only grammarian on here. Thanks for the input. I'm thinking she was a flaxen as well and I wanted to know just out of curiosity because she's not as obvious as the yearling you have.
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I always think of flaxen, as an obviously red/chestnut horse, with a very light, yellowish coloured mane and tail. This as opposed to the light manes and tails on silver horses. Their light coloured manes have a colder, more white or silvery look to them, if that makes sense.

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Flaxen can be just a shade lighter than the coat to be considered flaxen.

Yes, makes sense Lizzie..

Here's a very good site re: flaxen..

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