Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum
I know!! I know!!!
And, unless I'm mistaken, doesn't wild bay pretty much always express in the same way (light legs and mane with black on the end of the muzzle and ears tips)?
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I never was too fond of this color until I ended up with one. (Not this shade, mind you, but genetically speaking...)
Bay, brown, and Wild bay are black base. They are black horses that are affected by the Agouti gene. The three colors/patterns whatever, are three variations on that gene.
Agouti suppresses the black body color of the horse and pushes it to the points. Each of the variations affect the black in differing amounts.
Bay pushes the black to the points of the horse.
Brown does the same but causes lighter coloration at the soft points of a horse.
Wild Bay really pushes the black off the map. Very low or nonexistant black points. Also, may demonstrate lightening on soft points.
Definitely NOT a pro or anything, this is just my plebeian go at it.