Thanks for the response! No photos of the sire. Mom is on the left in both the photos. They are pretty much identical in color! :) -- And as for the silver bay, would look like silver on black, I don't know...... I've been reading a lot on this color - basically brown with flaxen mane, - one article I read is that the "silver bay" can be impossible to tell the difference between some liver chestnuts besides the black legs - which since my yearling is a tobiano, he has white legs! LOL so that "tip" didn't help me any. I do not know if that tip is true, it was in one article I read. I wasn't able to find the article again, but here is the wikipedia article on "silver dapple gene" Silver dapple gene - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The two shades on his neck - it's like that all over his body - and he's completely shed out in those areas (where his winter coat is, it's more reddish - hence why we thought he was liver chestnut ) but as he shed that out, it got dark brown (like bay) with the silvery dapples.
Thanks for your opinion!! I'm sure it will be next to impossible to know for sure without DNA testing, but I was curious to know what people thought of his color :)