Is my blue roan really blue?

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Is my blue roan really blue?

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    03-14-2013, 04:22 PM
Is my blue roan really blue?

My blue roan gelding is almost 3 years old now. I absolutely love him to pieces! Anyways, I need some educated input on his coloring. I bought him from a guy who got him out of a show barn, he is registered and would have been an excellent show prospect, but he has a scar on his back right pastern. So, automatic dq in the big shows. (Which is fine by me because this is how I was able to get my boy) In the transition of ownership, they were unwilling to release his papers. He was owned by a partnership with three individuals, and one of them did not agree with him being sold and would not sign off.

What do you think about his color? Right now he looks black in his winter coat. These pictures were taken last summer when I got him, he was so lanky and a bit underweight then. He's filled out nicely now.



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    03-14-2013, 04:27 PM
Looks like it to me...
    03-14-2013, 04:27 PM
Here he is this winter

    03-14-2013, 04:41 PM
He looks blue roan from those photos. One from the side would help more. Roans always get dark in the winter, many blue roans turn almost completely black and then shed out to their normal roan color.
    03-14-2013, 04:46 PM
There are plenty of "shades" of roan also ... I'll use some photos from a friend's site:

Double has (what I consider) minimum expression .. as does this red stallion below:

Deuce (who is younger) has (what I call) a more classic expression:

Then there is THIS guy ... Roan much??
    03-14-2013, 05:50 PM
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Is it possible he's actually rabicano? I know it has a tendency to show clustere and on the sides/hindquarters like that. Unfortunately its hard to tell from the pics.
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    03-14-2013, 05:51 PM
Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
Is it possible he's actually rabicano? I know it has a tendency to show clustere and on the sides/hindquarters like that. Unfortunately its hard to tell from the pics.
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I thought that at first too, which is why I asked for a different picture, but I don't think so with the way the roaning goes down the back legs. Rabicano can stretch way up to the chest, but usually stays off the legs.
    03-14-2013, 05:59 PM
Does he have a roan parent?
    03-14-2013, 08:13 PM
Have you got any really clear photos of his face? I am beginning to wonder if he is grey - I can see a lot of lighter hairs in his tail, a good calling card of grey as opposed to roan, which does not lighten the tail.
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    03-14-2013, 08:27 PM
I was thinking Rabicano, wouldnt that also lighten the tail?
But just ignore me, just thinking outloud.

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