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satin gene discussion again....

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View Poll Results: Do you think there a gene (satin or otherwise) that causes a metallic sheen on horses
Yes 16 32.65%
No 13 26.53%
Maybe/Not sure (I'm waiting on more research to be done) 20 40.82%
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    01-27-2011, 07:38 PM
I've wondered if there's something... didn't know there was any investigation into it though.

I've seen a lot of Saddlebreds with a natural "sheen" that just reflects light. My Pally colt and chestnut mare both have a high sheen, and I've been told my cremello colt does too (I haven't seen it yet... he's always muddy due to the time of year).

I was wondering if it was caused by something similar to the Satin gene in rabbits (I used to breed them). Neat information!
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    01-30-2011, 02:29 AM
I would be very interested to know if it does exist. If it does I think my mare could well have it as she ALWAYS has this coppery shiny glimmer to her coat.
She is chestnut. Its hard to capture the brilliance in pictures. But when in the sun her coat just dazzels with copperyness.
Can't find a picture that kind of shows it, will try the next brilliantly sunny day, then our little point and shoot camera may pic it up.
    01-30-2011, 10:53 AM
I do think it exsists. However, I think a lot of "examples" of it are just the horse's plain ol' coat though. Like, cream horses (pally, buckskin, perlino, smokey black etc.) tend to have a natural sheen to them. My mare is a palomino, and in the summer she gets pretty darn shiny! I've also seen that in a bunch of chestnuts. I think it's more likely there's something with chestnuts, because not all of them have it and it's just less likely with them. I'll have to take some pictures of my sister's new chestnut QH in the summer because he's going to be like that....

I'm sure a lot of you have seen this picture already, but this is probably the best example of it in the Akhal-Teke breed. As far as I know, this photo hasn't been photoshopped... Google Image Result for
If you just google "pictures of akhal-teke horses" a ton like this come up.
Anyways, it's a very interesting idea. I'd love to see if they can prove it.
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    09-15-2011, 06:53 PM
I have two horses like this. I always get blown off when I point it out, by someone saying "Oh, lots of palominos have that" ... SO WHAT!! That doesn't explain what it is! I'm glad someone else is also interested to know how this happens!

    09-15-2011, 07:01 PM
My old TWH gelding had that same look. He was a chestnut/sorrel. Very beautiful, he positively sparkled, especially in the summer.
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    09-15-2011, 07:19 PM
Hi Tiger ... would love to see some pix of your sparkler!
    09-15-2011, 08:36 PM
I will look it up tomorrow I have a very updated book on colors and genetics and it has a lot of information on colors that I had no idea about, maybe it has something on a "satin gene"
    09-15-2011, 08:41 PM
Okay - I look forward to it. Did your horse ever have times of the year when the coat was not as iridescent as other times? My boy was VERY shiny before he started getting his winter coat ... or maybe there is just less sun to make it shimmer...?
    09-15-2011, 10:46 PM
I'll have to look and see what I have. I didn't have a camera for most of his life so not a ton of pics..
    09-16-2011, 04:40 AM
Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes    
I'll have to look and see what I have. I didn't have a camera for most of his life so not a ton of pics..
I know. So many great shots I've lost because my camera was full, or the battery was dead ... or I just plain forgot to bring it!! :)

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