Vet said she's dark bay...I disagree (: &&& tiger stripes on chest? - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 31 Old 07-17-2013, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Vet said she's dark bay...I disagree (: &&& tiger stripes on chest?

The vet has her listed as dark bay on her recent coggins. Previous owner's coggins paper had her classified as brown... What do yall think?
1st Pic is a winter pic...she is pretty dark NO MEALY MOUTH what so ever...

QUESTION!!! Pic #3 You can basically see a saddle...well kinda--how can I keep her hair from turning orange (she wears fly sheets) but this is saddle wear you can see the saddle and breast collar...is there something I can do to keep her coat from changing???

Last 2 Pix: I call these her "wild hairs" tiger stripes literally burnt orange color, very striking--is this common or rare?

All in all she's a beauty, just wanna know what color yall would classify her?
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post #2 of 31 Old 07-17-2013, 09:28 PM
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She could be reg. As either, but I would say brown. Not sure about the stripes.
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post #3 of 31 Old 07-17-2013, 09:30 PM
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She is as brown as the day is long. That means the brown form of agouti (At) rather than the bay form (A)

As far as sun bleaching, it can be accelerated by the salts in sweat. Keep her clean and continue to use UV protection. A sunscreen spray might help. Healthy haircare sunflower sunscreen is the only one I know of specifically for mane, tail, and body hair.
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I was just looking at some bay photos - and it seems like it would be sort of a mix. I mean, where the saddle and such is looks like a brown or a light bay or something.
I am not positive though. I'm no expert on colors.

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I'm guessing brown as well because she appears lighter in the flanks. Have any winter fuzzy pictures?

IMO the striping is just being caused by sweat sun bleaching out her hair.

Is that a leather halter in the third pic? Because that looks like a scary way to tie.
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Actually, due to the lack of mealy coloring around her muzzle in the winter and the obvious tendency of her hair to sun fade so badly, I wonder if maybe she might be a fading black instead of a brown.

As for preventing the fading, yes rinse her off whenever she gets even a little bit sweaty. UV protection anytime she has to be out in the sun. Ideally, it would probably work best to turn her out at night and keep her stalled during the day.

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Pfft I didn't read. If the first pic is winter fuzzies then I think fading black too lol.
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I made an educated (novice) guess of fading black too.

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Here's a winter FUZZIES pic...she's black...
THE 2nd pic was taken during the later part of January--sunbleached!

Personally I say black too...and in the words of my vet "Sorry to burst your bubble honey...but she's not...she's a dark bay"

Hmmm...

Oh and that is a tie down in the 3rd pic just unsaddled and walked her in with it decided a quick pic...I agree not a good way to tie--halter always...but it was super quick ;)
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LOL, well I don't know about your vet, but none of them around here are too "up-to-date" on equine color genetics. My vet doesn't know the difference between brown and bay and fading black. Probably wouldn't know a double dilute if it walked up and spit in his face. Every time I take a horse to go see him and it isn't an obvious color like gray or sorrel, he just asks "What color do you want me to write down?"

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