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post #1 of 6 Old 01-14-2013, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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What color is my old lady? Lots of pictures

Hello! Just to preface this post, I want to let you all know that I know absolutely nothing about horse colors and genetics
I know the absolute basics I read in books when I was little- chestnut, bay, palomino, pinto, etc.

I have always referred to my mare as a liver chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail. This is what I was told when I started riding her about 10 years ago. However, I was told many things that weren't accurate about her, so I thought I'd check in with people who know way more than I do!

This is Lizzie. She's a Morgan mare somewhere in her mid to late 30's.

Winter coat
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Freshly shed out summer coat- shows some of the darkness at the top of her mane
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Late summer coat- notice how light her legs get down by her hooves
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Shows her tail- dark at the top, light at the bottom. I don't know whether it's just age or not, but the entire core of her tail is silver/grey. I can get a picture tomorrow if you'd like. And don't worry, she's gained a lot of weight since then. The last picture I posted shows her current weight
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Mid summer (eating with her best friend!)- shows her front legs and how light her mane is after being in the sun
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Fall/early winter coat
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Summer time- dark coat, light front legs
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Late fall- light legs and mane/forelock
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-14-2013, 09:44 PM
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Chestnut with flaxen and sooty.

What a sweet ole' gal!
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Im going to go with chestnut. See how red her coat (and legs) get? She also has a flaxen gene, and a sooty gene (turning the flaxen...dirtyish looking)

So, a sooty flaxen chestnut.
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Cool! So the sooty gene causes the dark hairs that mix in with her mane and tail? And is the seasonal coat color changes typical for a chestnut? I haven't seen very much change in other chestnuts I know. Thanks for the quick replies!

Also, I forgot to mention that the hair on her "armpits", belly and between her back legs is grey, but used to be the color of her fetlocks in the last picture.

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Yes, sooty is what is causing the "silver" and "dirty" mane appearance. If not for the sooty gene, she would have a blonde mane.

Some chestnuts do go though very prominent seasonal changes. It looks like your girl is what is considered a "liver chestnut"...very dark. She probably gets sunbleached and it makes her more red. But it just depends on the horse.

I know one liver chestnut that is very reddish in the winter and spring, and by fall, she's as dark as your mare. Its interesting!
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I would say liver chestnut, because of her darker coat, and a flaxen mane
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