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post #1 of 9 Old 10-25-2011, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Talking What color? Silver Dapple? New Miniature Filly!

Hello! I'm so excited!!! My friend / trainer has started a business this summer: summer camp, b-day parties, lessons, horse training ect... Anyways, we have been thinking about getting a little mini to add to the mix for b-day parties and as a sort of barn mascot. Few days ago she finally cut me loose and told me, "Go find us a mini!" So -I found one! 6 month old filly a few hours away. I am 99.9% sure we are going to get her! Sometime at the end of this week, we're going to check her out. There are only two pictures of her in the add (and not very good ones either). By looking at the pictures, my friend and I are guessing she is going to be a liver chestnut. HOWEVER, we got off the phone with the owner a little while ago and she informed us that the filly's Dam is a Silver Dapple mare and her Sire is paint (reddish color). Now, I have NO experience with the "silver dapple" color. At first thought, I pictured a grey. The current owner explained though that her Dam is darker colored with a more flaxen mane and tail. So I typed "Silver Dapple" into google images and saw all the gorgeous pictures of chocolate brown horses with flaxen manes and tails -like the Rocky Mountain Horses and other miniatures.
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^here is the add. For some reason it won't let me copy and paste the images. The paint in the picture is of no relation to the filly.

Here's my question, what do you think she looks like? Just a plain liver chestnut? Or, like greys, in Silver Dapple's does the lighter color in their manes and tails take awhile to come out. Any information will help!
**Hopefully I'll have more pictures for you guys tomorrow. We asked her to e-mail us a few more of her face and standing with her head up.

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post #2 of 9 Old 10-25-2011, 07:16 PM
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I wouldn't say silver dapple. My BO had a silver dapple mini up until a couple weeks ago. The pictures of the filly are not very good at all. It certainly doesn't help that I am on an iPod. I'll check back for different pictures tomorrow.
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I wouldn't say silver dapple. My BO had a silver dapple mini up until a couple weeks ago. The pictures of the filly are not very good at all. It certainly doesn't help that I am on an iPod. I'll check back for different pictures tomorrow.
Oh okay, what do you think she looks like? Just a liver chestnut? I know, these pictures bug me too. I can't tell if her legs are black or a deep chocolate? Judging by the lighter brown color, I'm guessing she will shed out that deep rich brown. The owner said her face and legs, where it has shed out a little, is a chocolate brown. No pictures yet, crossing my fingers that she'll send them tomorrow. Regardless, once we get her to the barn I'll take good pictures after we clean her up. Thanks for replying!

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I honestly can't so much as guess based on those pictures. They're bad angles and she still has some kind of foal or winter coat, which is skewing her base color. And, like I said, I am on an iPod until I get my new laptop charger, so viewing pictures isn't very easy.
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Not silver and she looks like a sunfaded black, but can't say for sure as these are not good pictures for figuring out color.
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I also first thought sunfaded black on first view of those pictures.
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post #7 of 9 Old 10-26-2011, 07:29 PM
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In Minis, it is incredibly difficult to tell colour, unless one knows the real colour of the sire and dam. Even then, Minis have huge coats which are often very unlike their clipped or later, adult coats.

Does she have white eyelashes? That is a possible sign of being eventually, silver. Many don't know the difference between grey and silver. Also, black silver and bay silver, can look very different. "Silver dapple" should really apply, only to those adult horses who display dapples. Not all silvers do.

Have you pics of the sire and dam without their winter coats?

Does the filly have any silver or greying hair showing in the mane at this point?

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I do hope you post pictures once you visit her!
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looks like an extremely sunfaded black or possibly a brown? but thats without knowing her history and only seeing her young coat.


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