I always thought I understood the difference of a bay and brown. Lately though, I have been seeing many horses that I would call bay that are being termed as brown. I am very open minded and have learned many things and want to know what the difference is. I will share with you pictures of all the horses that I know their genetic history since we bred and raised them.
First up is the first bay I know very well, she is a sweet and spicy 24 years old now. My mom's second in command and herd matriarch (they all follow her even if she isn't the official "boss").
Princess May 2005.jpg
Princess July 2011.jpg
Princess's genetic background, her sire was Ee aa, her dam was ee A? (dam's full sister is Ee aa)
Is she a bay or a brown?
Now we have Diga on the left and Katie on the right. I have always called Diga and Katie bays as well
Katie as a teenager below
Katie is Princess's only child. Princess is Ee Aa, she was bred to a stallion that was EE aa
Is Katie technically a bay or is she a brown?
Here is now Diga as a 9 year old
Diga May 2005.jpg
Diga head May 2005.jpg
His dam was ee Aa and his sire was EE aa (same sire as Katie)
Is Diga a bay or a brown?
As a bonus, this is Cocoa. I actually don't know her exact genetics, and my mom couldn't get her registered with AQHA because of a problem with the "original owner" not signing or even having been a recorded owner of the dam and then having a bad address so AQHA couldn't contact him
She is in the foreground as a 2 year old with Princess in focus
Princess and Cocoa May 2005.jpg
Summer coat as a 9 year old below
Is Cocoa a bay or a brown?
I always thought these were bays, so please correct me kindly if I am wrong