This is my new gelding. He is only 1 year and 3 months... and his coat isn't all that great from being on a poor diet before I got him a couple of weeks ago. What color would you guys say he is?? I can see a faint dorsal stripe in most of his pictures, and some shadowing on his neck, shoulders and backside. 458.jpg
I'm sorry I didn't mean he was a Dun, just that he had the markings, or what appears to be, of a dorsal stripe and some shadowing. I guess I should have put counter-shading instead of dun factor markings! :) Your horse is beautiful! I love Duns.
Ok, so he is or isn't a buckskin?? And if he isn't, then what is a sooty buckskin truly called? This is interesting! I was going to send in hairs for genetics. Will that tell me exactly what he is? And what should I test for? Agouti? Creme dilution??
IMO he is brown based not bay nut does carry cream. A brownskin instead of a buckskin if you will.
Brown and bay are both forms of agouti. Brown is At instead of A which marks a buckskin. The only place that I know of that can distinguish the difference between bay and brown is pet dna. All other places will simply show that he is bay, not being able to distinguish the two.
A plain brown horse is much darker than a bay. Oftentimes they are mistaken for blacks. Like any color there is quite a range buy many show such as this:
A black looking body with lightened flanks and muzzle.
Others are light enough that people simply call them dark bay.
Since they are darker than a bay they are also darker when they have cream as well.