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post #1 of 15 Old 08-09-2013, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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What Color Is My Horse?

So when I bought my horse, her owner told me she was a dark liver chestnut. At first she was black because she had no sun in her pasture so her fur got really dark, but then she kinda bleached when I broaded at a barn with a big pasture and a small shelter. But now I switched barns she's on a smaller pasture with a nice sized shelter, and she doesn't have that bleached out fur anymore, and it's just her normal color, which looks like to be some sort of dun? She has a stripe down her back, and during the winter you can see blonde stripes on her legs, which darken in the summer so you can't see them very well unless you look super closely. I don't know anything about Cayden's backround since her previous owner bought the mare without knowing she was pregnant until they found a foal in a stall. I'm going to get more info on her dam, but I doubt I'll be able to get anything from the sire. But I'm leaning towards either her being a smokey black or some sort of dun (probably a sooty dun) depending weather her either of her parents has a cream gene or not.

So this is when I first got her in 2011:

When she was bleached out by the sun basically the entire time at this barn:

And what she looks like now (and I've also been giving her more vitamins and supplements in her diet to help her coat go to it's normal color, who can also see her head is darker then her body)


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Definitely no dun.

I'd guess either dark liver chestnut like you were told (based on the first picture, it looks like she has very light hair right above all her hooves) or black. Smoky black is also a possibility, but there's no sure way to distinguish between that and a "regular" black who happens to fade other than testing for the cream gene.
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No dun I'm thinking sun faded black, the lightness towards the cornet appears to be due to sun fading.

Dun is a dilution which unlike cream dilutes black with a single copy of the gene. If you horse were black and dun AKA grulla the coat would be dilute to a mousey color like this.


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Im reckoning smoky black too- or just black-- only way to know for sure is to have her tested but she don't look black dun to me.
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Definitely not dun. My guess is on fading black - a genetically black horse that fades due to multiple factors, including exposure to sunlight and also sweat. She MAY be smoky black, which is a black horse that has a cream gene, but I have a gut feeling that she is fading black. You can test her if you are really curious, I would test only for the cream gene, and that would set you back $25.

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Do you have any other pics of when you got her? Your first picture was taken in the shade, therefore darkening the horse more and making what possible red there may be appear more black

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I'm going with fading black, she sure is pretty!!

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I'm going to be a pain and ask for some more/better pictures, specifically of her legs in good lighting. I'm torn between a fading black and a liver chestnut.

That first picture, she looks black but, like Nokota said, she's in the shade and that will make her look a bit different.

The second picture, it appears that there is a bit of lightening down toward her hooves and she seems to have a sort of reddish tinge to her coat...but the picture is a little blurry like there was a smear on the camera lens.

The last picture, she looks like a very liver-y chestnut to me, but fading blacks can also look like that sometimes. With those boots on, I can't see her legs well enough to tell one way or the other.
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I'm going to be a pain and ask for some more/better pictures, specifically of her legs in good lighting. I'm torn between a fading black and a liver chestnut.

That first picture, she looks black but, like Nokota said, she's in the shade and that will make her look a bit different.

The second picture, it appears that there is a bit of lightening down toward her hooves and she seems to have a sort of reddish tinge to her coat...but the picture is a little blurry like there was a smear on the camera lens.

The last picture, she looks like a very liver-y chestnut to me, but fading blacks can also look like that sometimes. With those boots on, I can't see her legs well enough to tell one way or the other.
There are more pictures of her in the OP's barn page. Here is probably the best for judging colour including legs.

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