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post #11 of 27 Old 07-19-2012, 03:53 PM
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I think registration should include their color DNA. I bet in the future they will.
For the cost, they could! Genetic testing should be mandatory too.
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In my opinion she's a sorrel. From what ive seen in my limited experience generally if the horse has a reddish hue then it is a sorrel. If its more of a brown horse it is a chestnut. I have a mare the color of caramel and we call her a chestnut.
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Really just your preference...per the AQHA...

(d) SORREL: body color reddish or copper-red; mane and tail usually same color as body, but may be flaxen.

(e) CHESTNUT: body color dark red or brownish-red; mane and tail usually dark red or brownish-red, but may be flaxen.
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Really just your preference...per the AQHA...

(d) SORREL: body color reddish or copper-red; mane and tail usually same color as body, but may be flaxen.

(e) CHESTNUT: body color dark red or brownish-red; mane and tail usually dark red or brownish-red, but may be flaxen.
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Really just your preference...per the AQHA...

(d) SORREL: body color reddish or copper-red; mane and tail usually same color as body, but may be flaxen.

(e) CHESTNUT: body color dark red or brownish-red; mane and tail usually dark red or brownish-red, but may be flaxen.
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Its just silly that they keep those two colors separate. They are the same thing and a horse could flip flop depending on the season, environment or feed. I have one here that can swing from a light coppery color to a really dark almost chocolate color to a bright red.
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Imagine having a sorrel baby, that you registered as sorrel because she was light, but after their first year they got dark liver-ey chestnut in color and stayed that way. Now you've got a chestnut (which could go either way) registered as a sorrel.

My neighbors had a horse like this ^-^ he was a dark chestnut, regestered as a sorrel, and his baby picture on his papers were a light, what you would describe as sorrel color.

I have always preferred to use the term Chestnut, It's all the same, anyway. Sorrel/Chestnut confuses me, so I've always called chestnuts chestnuts.

It's kind of like how western riders/classes use lope and jog, but english tends to use canter and trot, which is the correct name, it's been around forever, and my preference, even though I ride western.
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I was led to believe that sorrel was a color variant of the chestnut. Sorrel is a north american term not used in the uk.
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AQHA answers color questions on Facebook....read about it here AQHA: Coat Color Q and A
If you do read these, I would double check what they're posting. I went through one day they did it and half the information their "expert" was posting was completely wrong.
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I feel there is a slight difference in sorrel and chestnut. In my opinion, and it has been mentioned already sorrel is more "orange" with a lighter mane and tail, where chestnut is dark red with a dark mane and tail. My gelding is a chestnut, even his face is darker then the rest if his body and his mane and tail have more brown and black mixed in.
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