Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
When it comes to color genetics, I leave that to someone else. Why? Because I could really care less. All I care about is the horse standing in front of me. Is he sound? Is he able to do what the owners want him to do? Will I be able to improve him? Color is just not important to me. Might I describe him based on a narrow definition of "color"? Yup, probably.
Unless I was involved in a careful breeding program I don't really care about the molecular components of subtle differences. All the stallions I have dealt with, I was riding/training/and showing. I was not planning their breeding. Several were homozygous, so they took the guesswork out anyway.
If I see a brown horse with a black mane and tail, I'll probably call it a bay. A red horse will likely be called a chestnut and so on. If someone asked me what that bay and chestnut might produce, I will say you better ask Bubba or someone who has taken the time to know.