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post #1 of 77 Old 04-14-2012, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Odd markings and cool colours

Evening horse forum, i stumbled apon some interestingly marked horses over facebook and wanted to share, the Facebook page is called Brooks-Paints-And-Quarter-Horses.

Here's a few i think look cool, if someone could explain it to me i'd be very greatfull :)







This one i looooove!


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The first picture, of the foal, is a result of the appaloosa gene. That pattern has a specific name...something like ghost horse or something similar.

The second one looks to me like a zebra with some gene that dilutes the colors. I would say that it is similar to an albino but I'm not sure if that exists in horses.

The third is called a badger face, not sure why.

The forth is just how that particular horse exhibits the splash paint pattern.

The last one appears to be some sort of brindle, though he is unlike any other brindle I've ever seen.

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Oh my god, I want that last one...
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The first picture, of the foal, is a result of the appaloosa gene. That pattern has a specific name...something like ghost horse or something similar.

The second one looks to me like a zebra with some gene that dilutes the colors. I would say that it is similar to an albino but I'm not sure if that exists in horses.

The third is called a badger face, not sure why.

The forth is just how that particular horse exhibits the splash paint pattern.

The last one appears to be some sort of brindle, though he is unlike any other brindle I've ever seen.
Thanks for your input, i can honestly say i have never heard a badger face before, looks really flashy though :P Gonna go google some of the stuff you've shared hehe
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Smrrobs is pretty much right on except the lasr one. He isnt brindle he is just a chimira.

The badger face thing... it is because the markings tend to resemble how badgers them selves are marked. Dark faces with white and then dark again.
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The first one is just a baby few-spot appaloosa. I actually read about the thing that causes that zebra's stripes just a few weeks ago, but I do not remember what it was called. If I recall it is SIMILAR to albino, but not. Extremely rare, as animals with that gene/mutation/whatever rarely survive in the wild. They stand out too much.

Third is called a Badger Face, some people also call it a 'reverse blaze.'

Fourth is just a splash horse, but going by those jagged edges on the white I wouldn't be surprised if he/she had sabino also.

And the third one is a chimera. Chimerism can be expressed in different ways. It is believed that if the two fetuses merged earlier that the resulting chimera would more likely be brindle. However, in the event that they merged later it is thought that it appears like this, with the two different colors more 'patchy', I suppose would be the word.
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Is it possible to have a chimera and not know it? Like say, the foals in utero were both chestnut. The horse born would technically have chestnut sploches but you coulnt see them lol
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Isn't the chimera the result of 2 eggs fusing, or a split for twins that fuses? Or absorption of tiwn twin of another? (Off to google)

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Love the pics-thanks for sharing.
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post #10 of 77 Old 04-15-2012, 02:27 PM
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That is correct, Rascaholic. And yep, absolutely possible Bridgertrot, I've always thought it would be pretty cool to have a chimera, even a 'normal' one color looking one. So it could be a bit more common than people think. :3


ALSO.


I remembered what that is called, on the zebra.

Leucism.

And, from the wiki page on it:

Leucism /ˈljuːsɪzəm/[1] is a condition characterized by reduced pigmentation in animals. Unlike albinism, it is caused by a reduction in all types of skin pigment, not just melanin.

There's more information on it about the interwebs too, I thought it was pretty cool.
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