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    03-30-2011, 03:44 AM
I feel pretty confident that there is no way for her to be silver bay w/out even looking at her. First if both parents are black there's no way she could be bay. And second, unless I'm mistaken which is possible, don't know a ton about silver, but I 'think' silver is dominate so one parent would have to be silver, and I 'think' it always expresses on black based, so if both parents are black she can't be silver either.
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    03-30-2011, 11:37 AM
I agree with you haviris! I just read the article on the link CCH posted and found too, that one parent has to have the silver gene.

But nature sure loves to play with colors eh? Out of a lineage of all blacks, there pops up a sorrel/flaxen! So cool!
    03-30-2011, 11:49 AM
Havaris has it right. The only 'Possibility' from two black parents is chestnut/sorrel.

Black can be a "sneaky" color when it comes to hiding red. You can have generations of recessive red before you ever "see" a red foal.

Beyond that, as far as I'm aware, the Canadian breed does not carry the silver gene... so if the OP's horse is a purebred, and unless there's been some recent new developments it's not possible to be silver.
    04-03-2011, 05:53 AM
Dressagebelle, the welsh is chestnut, not silver.
    04-03-2011, 01:15 PM
We have a lot of Silver (Not all are silver 'dapples') in Gypsies. Silver hides very nicely in chestnut. Here is a photo of Misty Valley Silver Fox.

His Sire The Hustler. Minimally expressed Tobiano.

His Dam Rowan. Chestnut.

Rowan is interesting, since she carries a hidden Silver gene and also a hidden Agouti gene.


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