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post #1 of 14 Old 07-28-2011, 01:28 PM Thread Starter
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Mare's Colour?

Ok so I've been browsing around on this section of the forum and have come to realize that horse colours are WAY more complicated than I previously thought. As such I thought I would post some photos of my mare and see what people have to say about her colour. A few important things to note: she apparently was very dark, almost black the previous winter before I bought her, she shed out to this colour in the spring, she has quite a bit of dappling, she has a small white spot under her belly and she has one blue and one brown eye.
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-28-2011, 01:39 PM
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I would say that is a brown.

ETA - or did you want her color pattern as well?
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post #3 of 14 Old 07-28-2011, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
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Does this mean I get to join the Badass Brown Club? Woohoo! lol I actually figured she was brown but her previous owner had been calling her bay and thats what everyone else has been calling her as well so I just kinda rolled with it. By colour pattern do you mean like paint pattern? I'm SO new to this whole paint patterns thing so excuse me if I sound like an idiot lol but yes I would be interested in her colour pattern as well.
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Yep that is what I meant by color pattern. Do you have picture of her belly spot as well?
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post #5 of 14 Old 07-28-2011, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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Unfortunately I dont. Its a tricky little thing, I didnt even notice it until we got her home lol. I'll try and get some pictures of it later on and post them though.
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post #6 of 14 Old 07-28-2011, 05:21 PM
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I think shes bay as you can see the black points on the legs.

Blue eye is either from splash or frame. If she has a belly spot its probably frame. She could also be carrying tobiano.

Only way to know for sure is to test :)
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post #7 of 14 Old 07-28-2011, 08:54 PM
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She's a bay and she's pretty. : )

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I think shes bay as you can see the black points on the legs.
Brown horses can and do have black legs. She is brown, you can see the lightness in the flank area.

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Chiila if every horse that was lighter in the flanks was brown I guess there would be no bay or even black horses :)

We all can sit here and guess all day but a color test will tell the story.

Keep in mind different monitors will show colors differently. On MY monitor she looks like a bay. But I would never say for sure from a computer picture
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Chiila if every horse that was lighter in the flanks was brown I guess there would be no bay or even black horses :)

We all can sit here and guess all day but a color test will tell the story.

Keep in mind different monitors will show colors differently. On MY monitor she looks like a bay. But I would never say for sure from a computer picture
There are many, many horses that are bay and black without being brown. This doesn't look like one of them to me. This mare is a classic bad-ass brown - dark in the winter, probably with the classic "mealy" on her nose and flank, shedding out to a bay colour in the summer. The paleness is still visible on her flank, while not glaring. In this case, I am not just going by the horse I see in pictures, but by the description of the horse across different seasons. As I am sure you already know, the best way to tell a horse's colour without testing is to see how it changes, either as the horse grows from foal to adult, or as the seasons change.

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