Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Perth, Western Australia
• Horses: 0
I can see brown indicators in the pictures provided of the dam. If they aren't there, then you need to show us pictures that don't show them. It doesn't have to be "tan" - any lightening there that isn't caused by sun fading is an indication. I can see that she is really dark, but if you look closely under her butt, you can see that she is brown there, not black (in the photos provided). You can also see this warmer colour under her belly towards her flank. Again, this is just in the pictures provided. I would expect her to be far more faded across the rest of the body if I were to believe that this colour change could be from sun fading.
As far as brown not being in her pedigree, you said that she is out of a line of red based horses (chestnut/sorrel and palominos IIRC). This means that the gene needed to create brown could have hidden right up until your mare, as it only acts on black based horses. Red based horses can carry it, but they don't exhibit it.
Put it another way - there is no way to get a brown foal from two parents that are truly black. One of them HAS to be brown or bay, there is no possible way around that fact.
Mods, grant me the serenity to see the opinions I cannot change, courage to change the ones that should change, and the wisdom to spot the trolls.