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    03-29-2011, 03:28 PM
No offense at all. To most people he does appear to be a flaxen sorrel. The same as his dam, who is a flaxen sorrel.

Picture from last summer of Pistol and his dam -

This is the two of them about Feb. 2010

In the above picture, do you notice the richness of Pistol's color versus his dam's? That is one indicator that he is not a sorrel, or red based, horse.

Now is this picture from last summer... Do you notice the "dirty" brownish color of his lower legs? That is one indicator of him being silver as they are pretty much that color all year long, fresh scrubbed or dirty in the pasture (you can see it in the above picture as well, and you can also see it in the pictures in my previous post). Now take a look at his eyes. Notice the white eye lashes? This is another indicator of silver.

Here is another picture of his legs -

Also, I know it is hard to see on these pictures of him, but he has striped hooves. Striped hooves is also another characteristic of silver.
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    03-29-2011, 03:54 PM
I have a silver bay/black also, see the dirty silver on his legs and face?
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    03-29-2011, 03:54 PM
Oh yes, it definitely CAN make it white, it's just IME they have been the silvery color. At least on the horses I've worked with.
    03-29-2011, 04:21 PM
NdAppy, now I see the difference! Thank you for explaining it so well!

It's really tough to see the difference if you don't know what to look for!

I'm not a color freak at all and as odd as it may sound, I like sorrels best anyways (that's why I ended up buying a sorrel Canadian in the first place considering most of them are black) but it sure is great to know about it!

Equiniphile, your girl is also very pretty! I can definitely see the silver bay in her!
    03-29-2011, 04:43 PM
Originally Posted by WWA    
equiniphile, your girl is also very pretty! I can definitely see the silver bay in her!
Boy Lol, thank you!
    03-29-2011, 04:52 PM
Equinephile I would say your boy is a black silver/silver dapple.

I am glad that I was able to explain it and have it make sense WWA.
    03-29-2011, 04:58 PM
Originally Posted by equiniphile    
Boy Lol, thank you!

Oops... sorry!
My vet kept calling my mare 'him' all the time on sunday... maybe hat stuck
    03-29-2011, 05:01 PM
On the subject of Silver Bays, do you think that's what this Welsh Pony is? His mane is kind of "sooty", has dark hairs mixed in with the white, and he definitely has the sooty looking legs and face as well. Can't see it as well in this picture because he's got his big fur coat, but its the best I have. The second photo is him with his half brother, same dad different mom.
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    03-29-2011, 06:31 PM
Originally Posted by WWA    
Thank you for the link CCH!
I read that it can't be tested... well, not that it matters in my case but it's good to know anyways.
Whoops. I didn't read it, just knew they offered the cheapest tests when I had mine tested.
    03-29-2011, 06:36 PM
CCH you read that wrong lol Silver can and is tested for. Both by Animal Genetics and UC Davis.

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