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    02-09-2012, 01:16 PM
What color am I/could I be? ;-)

I am now 6 years old, am an AQHA mare, registered as "chestnut" out of a bay sire and a chestnut/sorrel dam.

At 3 years old my mine and the base of my tail started coming in white. This picture is from last year. By now I have a long white mane and more white on my tail....am also starting to get some random white hairs, mostly on my jaw and barrel/flank.....
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    02-09-2012, 01:53 PM
Green Broke
My guess is that she is either a silver or is flaxen
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    02-09-2012, 01:57 PM
I want to say a dark palomino.
    02-09-2012, 02:03 PM
Silver will only show up on a black based horse.

I'd say you horse is chestnut with the flaxen gene. The flaxen gene can actually cause silvery hairs to come in in the mane/tail. This is caused by a sooty gene being added to flaxen.

My mare is the same way. Sorrel, bring blonde mane, and then her tail is sorrel w/ lots of silver and black hairs in it.

You have a beautiful horse by the way.
    02-09-2012, 02:04 PM
Hi TurnNBurn - I have had a couple of people guess that, but one judge/breeder who thought she might be looked at her tail in the daylight and said her tail was too dark for a dark palomino.....?

So....back to square one?
    02-09-2012, 02:06 PM
@ CLaPorte - do you think maybe she could be a silver bay? Or a silver buckskin?

Thanks, by the way - I love her - she is my pride and joy, whatever color she is
    02-09-2012, 02:08 PM
Personally, no. But the only way to know for sure is to have her tested to see if she is e/e or E/e.

Besides, she's a AQHA and there are very very few silver bays in the quarter horse breed.
    02-09-2012, 02:10 PM
Green Broke
She can't be a true palomino because she is out of a chestnut and a bay. Neither have the gene to make a palomino. You can find purebred Arabians that look like classic palominos, but the breed doesn't have the color gene to make palominos. They are actually just chestnuts with very flaxen manes and tails.
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    02-09-2012, 02:14 PM
Originally Posted by TurnNBurn625    
i want to say a dark palomino.
There is no way that she could be palomino. Neither her sire or dam carry the cream gene.

And at the OP, there are some really dark palominos. And some super golden ones that have the sooty gene that darkens their mane/tail and sometimes their points. Some palomino's even appear to be buckskins, but their DNA doesn't lie.

So just because someone says the horse doesn't "look" like what the color should be, doesn't mean that the horse isn't the said color. Does that make sense? There are some chestnuts that are so dark that appear black, but they are e/e. To the untrained eye, they are black. But DNA says otherwise. :)
    02-09-2012, 02:26 PM
I would say sorrel with flaxen mane

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