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post #1 of 16 Old 06-27-2013, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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Sorrel or Chestnut?

She's registered as a sorrel but doesn't fit what I see as a sorrel, I think she's more chestnut. However I'm not exactly sure what the difference is. I feel like this is obvious and way simpler than all these other color questions but help?
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post #2 of 16 Old 06-27-2013, 12:23 AM
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sorrel- that horse is red.

If she was lighter brown id call her chestnut- if darker redish brown shed be a liver chestnut-- theyre all (ee) 'chestnut' technically.

I think she's real pretty by the way!
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I have a chestnut/sorrel gelding, he's a lighter, brighter red color, but most people, atleast where I live, call a "red horse" of any color variation; darker like her, or lighter like my boy; a sorrel. She's a pretty mare, love those hips!
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The distinction between sorrel and chestnut is vague and dependent entirely on the context. Some people say the lighter red, with a lighter mane and tail is sorrel, others say only a brown colour is chestnut, some registries have their own rules, and some places don't even recognise the term sorrel as meaning anything at all. Genetically speaking, they are the same colour, and if you want to differentiate them, you will have to give us your location, the registry you are with, and what discipline you ride in order for us to even begin to make the difficult choice between two names for the exact same colour.

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The OP is from Texas so the best term is Sorrel in my opinion. Here in Oklahoma I rarely ever hear a horse being called a chestnut; 95% of the time red horses are called sorrel. So I bet it's similar in Texas.
PS I LOVE this horses build so I'm betting he's a barrel horse right?
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The OP is from Texas so the best term is Sorrel in my opinion. Here in Oklahoma I rarely ever hear a horse being called a chestnut 95% of the time, red horses are called sorrel.
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Unless the OP rides english, in which case it is chestnut...
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Unless the OP rides english, in which case it is chestnut...
Lol true but something screams barrel horse to me lol. Might be just what I would use him for lol :-D
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Yes I'm from Texas and I ride Western, so sorrel it is! Thanks for the replies!

Thanks Peppy, I'm glad you think she has the barrel horse look. She was going to be a barrel horse and I had high hopes for her but we are struggling with a mystery lameness, hopefully soon all will be well and she will continue with training!
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Yes I'm from Texas and I ride Western, so sorrel it is! Thanks for the replies!

Thanks Peppy, I'm glad you think she has the barrel horse look. She was going to be a barrel horse and I had high hopes for her but we are struggling with a mystery lameness, hopefully soon all will be well and she will continue with training!
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I knew it! The horse just screamed barrel horse to me with that nice sporty build. She has many qualities I pick out in barrel horses. I hope you figure out your lameness issue. I am having to put corrective shoes on my barrel horse because he has gotten in a bad habit of favoring his left leg from being lame for a year. He's gotten stiff shouldered from this as well. Just take it easy with your horse don't get in a hurry with her. It's been hard not being able to ride at our fullest potential but getting him healed is the most important thing. Not sure what kind of lameness your working with but if its hoof related get X-rays if its body related look into equine massage and chiropractors. Equine massage and chiropractic has helped my boy out a lot. And with his corrective shoes he'll roll over himself correctly again and hopefully if he quits favoring the stiffness in his shoulders will go away. It took awhile to go through the motions to figure out what was hurting but once we figured it out it made a world of difference. I hope you find the problem with your horse soon. She's a pretty girl I see the potential!
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