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post #11 of 17 Old 07-03-2012, 06:25 AM
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You look at the more red highlights on the flanks and belly to determine the 3rd liver chestnut in comparison to the lighter highlights on a brown?

It is obvious that the shading on the 3rd has more of a red hue. Would that be the way to distinguish a more difficult example such as him?

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post #12 of 17 Old 07-03-2012, 07:12 AM
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OP - in the UK your horse would indeed be called a liver chestnut , just not as dark as some liver chestnuts, but we only have "liver chestnut" or "dark chestnut", "chestnut" and "bright / light chestnut"

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Thirteen, that picture of him is one of the more difficult to see his color. One thing about liver chestnuts is that they will generally lighten in color down their legs and their hair along their pasterns and coronet band will be a lighter red than their body. Here are a couple more pictures of that horse.


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[QUOTE=smrobs;1561437]^^No, Rain is most definitely not a liver chestnut. She/he is a flaxen sorrel.

These are a typical representation of a common liver chestnut horse.


I had a mare that was almost a double of this and she was a liver chestnut. She was a TB X welsh/arab
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Our liver chestnut first day out with the last foal we bred from her before she went back to being a riding horse again
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The horse pictured that is being ridden is what I call a sorrel.
When looking at a liver colored horse, one easy way to remember it is what color cooked liver looks like :)-
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The horse pictured that is being ridden is what I call a sorrel.
When looking at a liver colored horse, one easy way to remember it is what color cooked liver looks like :)-
No not cooked, cooked liver is kind of dull middle brown / grey. Liver colouring should be more of raw liver
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Chestnuts nearly always have tones of red in them. My liver chestnut pony is only liver chestnut in summer, and just plain chestnut in winter.
But I think we have different names for things over here as Sorrel is never used and liver chestnut is a common description and not just for the very very dark chestnuts shown above, so I guess it depends where you are as to what colour horse you have. We also, as far as I know, do not take into account slight changes of leg colour (as long as it is not black points making it a bay)

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