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post #1 of 24 Old 03-14-2013, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Much debate over the color of my horse

Hello everyone. This sounds silly but I have a roan gelding that people have actually debated about what color he is. I've heard blue roan, bay roan, and red roan. I honestly don't know. I lean more towards blue or bay roan because his mane and tail, as well as legs, stay black. His head usually stays a dark brown, but the rest of him changes from silver, to tannish or almost reddish, to really dark in the winter. I'll post a few pictures and I was wondering if you color experts could tell me for sure what color Rhett is. :)
His "red" look

Silver look

Gray look

Tan look

Dark look in the winter
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post #2 of 24 Old 03-14-2013, 06:41 PM
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I'd say either bay or brown roan.
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post #3 of 24 Old 03-14-2013, 06:42 PM
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Hes brown roan. Very handsome.
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post #4 of 24 Old 03-14-2013, 06:45 PM
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I would go with a Brown Roan, due to the colouring around his nose. His colour changes are pretty cool though!
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post #5 of 24 Old 03-14-2013, 07:00 PM
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Yep, brown roan...and a stunning one at that.

Roans often have different degrees of roaning between the seasons. It can also vary from year to year (one year they'll have a lot of roan, the next year maybe not so much).

The difference between the brown and bay is sometimes subtle because they are caused by variations of the same gene, Agouti.

One of the things that makes a horse brown instead of bay is the sometimes drastic color changes between seasons (dark where they are almost black, to bay, to a lighter tan similar to a buckskin, etc) and the noticeably lighter "soft" areas on the horse.

If you look at your guy, his muzzle, his flanks, behind his elbows, down on his chest, much of his belly, and just below the point of his butt are all lighter than the rest of his body. That's almost always a tell-tale sign that a horse is brown and not bay.

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post #6 of 24 Old 03-14-2013, 07:46 PM
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Brown roan - gorgeous!

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He is a wizard of oz horse of many colors!! Love him!! Beautiful!
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post #8 of 24 Old 03-14-2013, 08:51 PM
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Wow I love how he changes! Like a prism
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post #9 of 24 Old 03-14-2013, 09:06 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies so far. Yes he is like the horse from the Wizard of Oz! Lol it's funny because people always think I got a new horse and I have to explain "Nope, this is him! He just changed colors again!" Lol
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post #10 of 24 Old 03-14-2013, 09:21 PM
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brown or bay roan. pretty .
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