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post #1 of 29 Old 04-17-2011, 08:06 PM Thread Starter
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Foal coloring...

I am still trying to guess what some of the colors of foals are when they are born. Last year I seen a sorrel colt out of a buckskin mare and a chestnut stallion. However by the time the colt was 4 months old he was nearly a dark brown.

So could some one explain what a foal of a particular color would look like at birth - four months of age? I am interested in knowing for future registrations on foals raised.


- All yellow?


- All white?


- All cream? Do they have the black skin?


- Yellow with black main and tail?




- ?
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post #2 of 29 Old 04-17-2011, 08:10 PM
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Black foals are generally a mousy colour. Sometimes they look like an adult grullo would.
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That's the funny thing about foals, they can always surprise you . 2 horses that are the exact same color as adults might have looked like completely different colors as foals.


I don't have a ton of foal pictures, but I will share what I've got.

This guy was born this really light sorrel color

And he shed out to be a nice, rich, blood color.

And this guy was born this mousy, smokey color

And shed out just as black as you please.

Most foals who are going to be bay or buckskin are born with lighter colored legs, almost a grayish color.

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Oh , this frustrates me ! Our last foal was out of a black mare and a grullo stud. The foal was born very light grey, and turned dark red dun when he was 5 months old.
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Yellow/cream w/ black points, main and tail for buckskin I'd least for my buckskin ;)

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It can vary from horse to horse, like smrobs said. For example, most palominos are born a creamish, pumpkinish colour, but a member of the forum has a beautiful gold palomino gelding that was born cherry red chestnut. The best you can do is guess, and wait till the foal sheds out. Yearling coats are a much better indication of adult colour.

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post #7 of 29 Old 04-17-2011, 09:51 PM
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Just to add to your post Chiilaa.

Most of the time, the first shed of the foal's coat is the darkest their coat will ever be. Now this isn't 100%, but it does happen a majority of the time.
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That's so odd, and it fits. When Rafe first shed out as a weanling, he was more of a dark chestnut color rather than the blood red.

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This is completely off topic, but ND, is your new avatar of Nav?

And I agree with foals black points being a mousy, gray colour, if not just the colour of the rest of their bodies until they shed out
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lol Yes it is! It's part of a WIP digital painting I am doing. I have a thread up in the art section with pictures.
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