Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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Browns and bays can both have black on all their points. The things you look for are the paler "soft" parts - the flank, muzzle, and often just behind the eye. These are areas that would be the last to bleach if it was sun fading causing it. Another thing to look for is huge changes from season to season - browns tend to change very dramatically from summer to winter, while bays don't change as much. If you have foal pictures there are also indicators in a foal coat that point to brown rather than bay - a brown foal will usually have a lot of "sootiness" along their top line, and be very dark along their crest area. They will also usually have more of the pale sooty colour on their legs that bay foals have - this becomes black as they shed - and it will often extend above the hocks/knees on brown foals.
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