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post #11 of 27 Old 03-27-2012, 03:11 PM
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Arrows - the lightness you are seeing on the OP's mare is caused by flaxen. They are not white hairs caused by rabicano, but creamy hairs caused by flaxen.
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post #12 of 27 Old 03-27-2012, 03:28 PM
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Arrows, a coontail on a horse looks more like this



That one is pretty loud, but it's the same kind of barring that you'd see on a raccoon's tail rather than chunks of lighter color hairs like the OP's mare.
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A true roan will have white hairs all over the body, except the face and points. A rabicano has white that centralizes on the flank and spreads outward.
OP, might be worth the $25 to get her tested?
Also, this is another rabicano horse without barring on its tail:
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That still isn't the same as what the OP has going on. Like I said in my previous post, the lightening of the tail in the OP is due to flaxen, not rabicano.

There is no test for rabicano. Sabino roan would not test positive on the roan test and it is highly unlikely she would test positive for sabino1. There are many, may forms of sabino out there without a test.
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This pony is a flaxen that has the same lightening going on as the OP's mare does. No rabicano on her either.


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we'll just have to agree to disagree, ND too bad there's no test! I'm pretty convinced that horse is rabicano.

Regardless of what genetics are at play, she's a very pretty mare. and I definitely see the arab in her. What a face!

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I have to agree with Appy. Coon tails are caused by white hairs while the OPs horse has a flaxen tail which is being caused yellowy hairs.
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Arrows, I think we might have read up on the same stuff because that's exactly why I thought she was rabicano too! Though I also looked up sabino, and that also makes sense (especially with Bliss's huge blaze and leg markings). Ayy, that mare loves being complicated hahaha.

I went out to see her today, but the sun was setting so the lighting wasn't great for a picture. I'm going to see her first thing tomorrow though, so hopefully I can get a good one!

Thanks all of you for your help!! And thanks for the compliment Arrows, she is very pretty indeed (not biased at all). She's got that expressive face and definitely got the Arab personality haha!
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No way is this horse a rabicino. You can clearly see the tail is flaxen no white hairs in it to indicate rabicano.

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White flecking I thought can be caused by the sabino gene.

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