Originally Posted by Chiilaa
You can tell the difference between palomino and chestnut visually if you know what you are looking for. You know that sheen that horses get in certain lights? Kind of glitters and looks real pretty? In a palomino, that will have a definite golden cast to it. In a chestnut, it will have a bronze or even red tone.
Not necessarily. It may be possible depending on their coat at the time, but especially during the winter it's impossible. My mare is an isabella palomino (extremely light) and in the winter unless you've seen her during the summer she looks grey (like the white color that's technically called grey) It's often similar with flaxen chestnuts. I had a flaxen Haflinger who I didn't even know wasn't a pally until after I sold her. Most of the time you can tell, but not always.
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