This is a horse that I use to ride, and who I adore. He is one of the most even tempered appys I have met, and was very talented in his day. Anyway, his underlying color has always intrigued me. What would you call it? Chestnut? If so its no shade of chestnut I have ever seen. He isn't registered so we have no idea on what color his parents were.
I was thinking chestnut. It has to be one of the richest, darkest shades of chestnut I have ever seen. His pattern is one of my favorites when it comes to appys, and I am kind of glad that he kept some of his base color. Some of the roaning appys I have seen have gone completely white as they got older. This guy is in his 20s so he probably won't change any more. I love his build too, 16 hands and such a tank!
Hahaha. I think most people think "strawberry" roan when you say red roan. Like bright sorrel, which I think are more common or the basic understanding of a red roan, but it would technically be any chestnut/sorrel with the roan gene. Haha. And until recently, bay roans were called red roans.
I am going to go out on a limb here and say black base with varnish roan LP over top. Those spots are black, they wouldn't be black on a red based horse. LP can do some very funky things to colour, and I have seen a horse that tested to be black display very similar to this.