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post #1 of 33 Old 02-18-2011, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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What color would you call this?

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.






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post #2 of 33 Old 02-18-2011, 05:44 PM
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I don't know, but it looks like the LP gene is in full display on this horse.

I'm thinking some type of roan, and my best guess would be a chestnut roan, if there is such a thing.

Beautiful horse, by the way.
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A knack, a chestnut roan is a red roan.

However, I would say his base colour is chestnut, so I would say he's a chestnut varnish. That's what the roany part is.

He wouldn't be a normal roan because the flecks spread on to his face and legs, plus the LP gene is really obvious from his spots.

NDAppy is really good with Appy colours and patterns, so I hope she can confirm his colour.

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A knack, a chestnut roan is a red roan.
*facepalm*

I've seen this color before. Every weekend, in fact. My instructors horse is a red roan. I never put the chestnut color with a red roan, if that makes sense.

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She looks much more chestnut in the winter, but you can see the chestnut to her on her front legs and shoulder
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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!

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*facepalm*

I've seen this color before. Every weekend, in fact. My instructors horse is a red roan. I never put the chestnut color with a red roan, if that makes sense.

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She looks much more chestnut in the winter, but you can see the chestnut to her on her front legs and shoulder
Don't worry, I never connected the dots either until just now! Not sure what I thought red roan was, other than pretty.

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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.
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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.

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I think his spots are actually brown/chestnut as well.

Here's another picture that kinda, sorta shows those couple of spots he has:



Wish I had some better pictures of him. :(

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What we need is ND to come share her expert opinion. I am still sticking to black to be honest. LP is crazy sometimes.

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