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post #1 of 7 Old 07-19-2012, 04:28 AM Thread Starter
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Shinny Chestnut?

So I know next to nothing about color and color patterns. It has always been the very last thing we look at when buying a horse. When I rescued my little Mia, I knew she was a chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail. I think she has some roaning on her as well. At first I thought she just had some white hairs from age and scaring from abuse and ill fitting tack, she has the latter not the former I have seen pics of her as a 8 year old and the color was the same.

After I bought/rescued her I gave her a bath and under all of the dirt and grim (Which literally took 4 full baths to get completely out!) Was one of the prettiest colored coats I have ever seen. Mia is the first Chestnut I have owned and I just don't pay much attention to other peoples horses. Mia's coat has a very metallic sheen that looks like copper when the light hits it she's all shinny like metal or like she is wet and she's not. She can be rather dazzling on a sunny day. What I am wondering is this normal for a chestnut or not. And if it's not what is it called. I am going to have to start looking for another one in the next couple years and I would love to get one that is from the same line as her and even though it is the very last thing I look at I would truly love to get another with this type of coat. Wondering if it's just a typical chestnut coat or something else.
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-19-2012, 04:50 AM
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Yes it is normal, if they are relatively clean and have a healthy coat. It also happens with other colors but I think it's more noticeable with sorrel/chestnuts. We have a bay that gets that way too
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My chesnut does as well, I was coming home one day in my car and as I crested the hill my geldings coat was so shiney he was practically glowing. I'm not a huge fan of chesnut, I like bays but I have to admit chesnuts seem to be more prone to the shimmery, shiney coat.
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Hmmm...well that makes it easy doesn't it lol. I will say however she did shine like this when she was emaciated and her coat was a wreck. I have had my bays and blacks clean and looking shinny before but she is definitely different. I guess I should start paying more attention to chestnuts. When I put show sheen on her it's like magic no matter how dirty she is it looks like she just got a bath and is still drying out.
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Red horses also tend to have a lot of white hairs mixed in with their coats, which would reflect the sunlight even brighter than her red hairs.
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Have any pictures of just her flanks and tail in less direct lighting?

Some people think there is a "satin" gene that is accountable for the more glossy coated horses. But that has not been scientifically proven to my knowledge. Some horses clean up better than others. And any amount I grooming will eventually put that gorgeous shine.

I'd think of it as her shiny gift to you for getting her healthy and happy. ;)

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post #7 of 7 Old 07-19-2012, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by ThirteenAcres View Post
Some people think there is a "satin" gene that is accountable for the more glossy coated horses. But that has not been scientifically proven to my knowledge. Some horses clean up better than others. And any amount I grooming will eventually put that gorgeous shine.
This is what I was going to mention. No gene(s) have been identified as the "satin" gene, but there is some evidence of this trait being passed on genetically. Akhal-tekes as a breed are typically extra shiny, though the trait is not limited to them.

I wouldn't consider it normal for an emaciated horse to have a very shiny coat, so maybe she has something like the satin gene.
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