Is my mare brown or bay?

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Is my mare brown or bay?

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    04-19-2012, 04:05 AM
Is my mare brown or bay?

So my new mare is registered as a brown horse. I've never been able to tell and thought she was dark bay. Can you let me know if she's brown and how to tell the difference?

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    04-19-2012, 04:08 AM

See where the arrows are pointing? See how those parts are lighter? That is how you know she is a brown
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    04-19-2012, 04:11 AM
Thank you!!
Can I then ask if this gelding was dark bay or brown? He was registered as bay.

    04-19-2012, 04:12 AM
What do you think? Look at where he is light. Are these the areas that are likely to sun fade first?
    04-19-2012, 04:15 AM
I believe he is bay... I was told he was dark bay with dun highlights... his butt is definitely lighter and easier for sun fading... but I just wanted to make sure if I could tell the difference and learn from this thread :) Thank you.

EDIT.. now I'm looking and second guessing haha!
    04-19-2012, 04:17 AM
He is actually a brown Sun fading is what would cause that colouration on a bay... except he is lighter in areas that would fade last. If his colour was caused by fading, you would expect the fading to start along the top of the horse - where the sun has the most contact if you will.
    04-19-2012, 04:19 AM
Oooh... I think I'm glad I second guessed and edited my post haha! I was always led to believe he was bay, and so I was thinking "Seoul must be bay too." I thought I had never owned a brown horse before... guess I've owned two now... thanks for clearing that up for me Chiilaa!!
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