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        03-08-2011, 08:51 AM
    Oh and in terms of grey-chestnut or bay-chestnut etc, it is a way of telling what colour the grey is covering. So the "grey-chestnut" in your horse's pedigree was born chestnut, and went grey.
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        03-08-2011, 09:00 AM
    Green Broke
    Thanks Chiilaa you explained a lot for me. I don't know much about colours other then the basics so I wasn't sure about the grey-chestnut without a picture. I love my boys colour even though I'm not a big fan of chestnuts. I had figured he was chestnut and you can only see the white hairs if you're standing close to him.
        03-08-2011, 04:43 PM
    Another note about sorrel: It's a colour that's only recognized by the AQHA and the APHA, so that's why it's usually only a Western term. Any other breed it would be called chestnut.
        03-08-2011, 04:53 PM
    Yep, depending on where you are and what discipline you ride usually dictates what term you use. I always used 'sorrel' to describe your typical red horse that ranges from orangey to bright red, then I would use chestnut to describe a horse that was the color of blood or darker.

    Either way, white hairs means that he has some gene that is causing roaning.
        03-08-2011, 04:58 PM
    The white could be rabicano too. Rabicano usually centers itself on the barrel of the horse. Do you have a picture?
        03-08-2011, 05:03 PM
    Green Broke
    Nothing close up would the picture have to be close up to body I only have pictures like whats already have in my barn. I could get a close up one?
        03-08-2011, 05:05 PM
    No, a full body picture would be more ideal. I'll go look in your barn.

    ETA: I looked. He's just a chestnut. A lot of chestnuts have random white hairs mixed in. If I remember correctly, the roan gene does not exist in Thoroughbreds. Rabicano does, but he doesn't have enough for me to want to call him that. I think tinyliny mentioned in another thread that sabino causes the white chin. Sabino also causes some "roaning", it so that could be causing his white hairs.
        03-08-2011, 05:12 PM
    Green Broke
    Yeah he is chestnut. The white hairs he has are nothing like a roan. I just thought there were a lot more then the odd few but you also can't really see them unless your close to him.
        03-08-2011, 05:20 PM
    It's just part of the chestnut colour. Almost all of the sorrel/chestnut horses I know have coats like that.
        03-08-2011, 05:25 PM
    Green Broke
    Ok the few I've up close didn't have it

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