Originally Posted by SunnyDraco
I'm not sure why it is, but it seems as though the color the horse is registered as is mostly left up to the owner that fills in the registration application. My mom was so focused on having a black foal that she registered her black bay as a black. Everyone but her knew the baby was a bay the moment it was born and not a black. After a few years of harassing her, she finally changed the registered color to bay.
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Not always, I had a blue roan filly I tried to register as a blue roan, APHA changed it to gray.