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    03-05-2011, 09:46 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by DubyaS6    

My mare looks a lot like TC, but her muzzle is VERY brown right now...almost mule-ish. You can see (in my avatar) when she sheds out that her muzzle is in fact black though.
Yeah we always called him a bay and I never thought twice about it till I posted that picture in this thread! The photo was taken in the winter time believe it or not, his coat was irradescent in the summer and his muzzle was much darker then.

Lil Ruffian - your mare is gorgeous!
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    03-05-2011, 10:24 AM
Sarah a bit of a thread hijack, but what was TC's racing name?
    03-05-2011, 10:28 AM
Green Broke
He never raced, he was born to a mother on a surrogate farm, so he was bottle fed and his mother was surrogate to some expensive orphan TB who probably went off and raced. He was a great horse, he was kept as a stud but never bred, only TB I have dealt with that had no prior track experience!

Both him and the Chestnut were Aussie TB's, the other two are American.

So TC was all we called him, I have no idea if he had a different name on his papers, it sure never was used!
    03-05-2011, 10:33 AM
Oh what a cool story lol. He looks like a TB at my riding school, so was curious :)
    03-05-2011, 10:36 AM
Green Broke
Ha, I was wondering if you were going to investigate their track records or something, he sure is a beautiful horse, makes plain bay look amazing.
    03-05-2011, 10:36 AM
I feel like a total loser, I've been in the horse world for 10 years (though quite disconnected for the past three) but I have to ask.. What's the difference between a bay and a brown? I understand bays have black points, does that have to mean muzzle too? So if the horse has a mealy muzzle is it brown? I'm wondering if I've been calling my gelding the wrong color for 6 years!
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    03-05-2011, 10:54 AM
Bay, wild bay and brown are all caused by Agouti. Bay (A), Wild bay (A+), and Brown (At) can and do have black points.

With bay, black is restricted to the points. With wild bay, black is even further restricted (think of it as the black doesn't come very far up the legs). With brown you have black restricted to the points as well as lightening around the muzzle, flanks, inner forearms and thighs. Of course some colors will be so very close that the only way to know for sure is to test.

Also registries are the wrong place to look for color definition. They usually get it wrong. (just throwing that out there! Lol)
    03-05-2011, 11:02 AM
Lilruffian -- Lena is a good example of a wild bay. The black on her legs doesn't go up very far.
    03-05-2011, 12:55 PM
Such gorgeous horses! I think Beau was a brown, or bay, I'll see if I can scan in some pictures of him. He was a big 'ol MFT
    03-05-2011, 01:26 PM
This is a black horse that I used to own, skip, worst horse I ever owned lol surprisingly he is now owned and ridden by a 12 year old girl(although he still bucks)

That was in the summer when I first got him

And a few months later, a little faded

And my bay Tiffany who passed away about 7 years ago, never realized that she doesn't have much black on her legs till now

And my Bay mare Bella

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