Yea, why is that smrobs? LOL! We have our 2 chestnuts and a red bay and then this one loud black and white paint that totally sticks out in the bunch. Now we're about to look at yet another dark bay this weekend so if that works out, the paint will still be our odd man out. I was hoping to go completely different with this new purchase like maybe palomino or gray, but as of now, his description fits exactly what we're looking for personality wise (and price wise) so that has to come first. Color is secondary.
Haha, I've always been a Paint girl - the more white, the better. I had my heart set on a Paint, with roan or palomino as a consolation prize, but ended up with chestnut Cash - the only solid horse (not even a white sock!) I've ever even gone to look at. But he gleams like a shiny new penny in the sun :)
Something just dawned on me: all of the horses I've ever owned have been sorrels... The worst part? Sorrel is my least favorite color! My next horse will not be a sorrel!!! (I probably just jinxed myself...) Anyhoo, here are a couple of my lovely redheads.
This is my old horse Beau, a chestnut 1998 APHA, about 16.1 hands.
And this is my "new" horse Red. He's registered as a red roan, but I think technically he is supposed to be a sorrel with roan hairs (because true roans have dark legs; not white socks). At least that's where I read somewhere. I just call him a red roan because it's easier, haha.
Beau was a gorgeous boy. I bet he covered some ground. My barrel mare is 16.2 so I know what it feels like. And yay for seeing another barrel racer in a helmet. I always feel like I'm the only one in my very Texas area. :) I see the roan in Red's barrel. I like the combination. :)
He's registered as a red roan, but I think technically he is supposed to be a sorrel with roan hairs (because true roans have dark legs; not white socks). At least that's where I read somewhere. I just call him a red roan because it's easier, haha.
True roan horses can have white markings on their legs. Where you're getting the "roans have dark legs" thing is that they have no roaning on their legs.
Take this guy for example. He's about as classic as you can get for roans (and he's a chestnut so not completely off topic ). Notice how the roaning stops just above his knees/hocks? He still has the white socks though because the socks are caused by a different gene than the one that causes roaning.
Funny thing is, though, it seems like he tends to throw roan babies that are extreme in their coloring.
ANYWAY, back to the topic at hand. Because of the location of the roaning on your guy and the skunk tail he's got going on, I would say that his roaning is likely due to the rabicano gene instead of classic roan.