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post #1 of 22 Old 12-15-2016, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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I don't know a lot about horse colors and these aren't the best pictures. If you has to make a educated guess, what would you say? She's almost a completely different color in the summer. Her hair esp on he belly is lighter in the winter and very fuzzy. During the summer the bottom half of her belly/sides is still lighter but it's more yellowish/ goldish and its spotty.

These are all winter pictures. I'll have to get some better ones and some in the summer and repost I guess
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post #2 of 22 Old 12-15-2016, 03:35 PM
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She is brown.

Brown is a form of agouti, similar to bay. Both restrict the expression of black on black-based horses to the hard points, which are the legs, muzzle, tips of the ears, and mane and tail. Brown takes it a step further and adds cinnamon-coloring to the soft points, such as the muzzle, under the elbow, the flanks, and the buttocks. A hallmark of brown is their color-changing with the seasons. My friend had a brown Arab gelding who was an almost purpley-mahogany color in winter and a lighter, reddish-brown in summer.

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She appears to be a bay. She may have some modifiers but her body is more brown with black points which is pretty much the definition of a bay. The mealy color of her muzzle says she might carry the brown modification but that test was recalled because it wasn't real reliable.
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Is she a registered purebred?

If she isn't, she may not be purebred at all which opens up the color possibility to brownskin (brown based buckskin). Which would explain why she has a more golden yellow tone instead of the reddish/coppery cinnamon of the typical browns on their soft areas.
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Originally Posted by SunnyDraco View Post
Is she a registered purebred?

If she isn't, she may not be purebred at all which opens up the color possibility to brownskin (brown based buckskin). Which would explain why she has a more golden yellow tone instead of the reddish/coppery cinnamon of the typical browns on their soft areas.

Brownskin was my first thought too, but I assumed she was purebred so dismissed it. Her lighter areas are very golden colored compared to normal Browns.

Cute girl either way!
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She looks like a pretty bay mare to me.

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post #7 of 22 Old 12-16-2016, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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I'm not fond of her winter coat as much as the summer coat, it's gorgeous! And she supposedly has papers but was never registered. I got her from a very elderly couple and have struggled getting up with them about lost papers as their health is drastically declining. So there is a chance bc I haven't seen the papers that she isn't papered at all. I really wish I had pictures of her in the summer, or some better unsaddled pics all together.
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Looks like a bay to me as well on first glance. Pretty girl!

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post #9 of 22 Old 12-17-2016, 02:51 PM
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I agree that she is bay BASED but she definitely has some modifiers and is not just bay.

My first choice would be brownskin (which as said means she is not purebred as Arabians do not carry most modifiers, she has a typey head but I would not be surprised if she's a cross). If not buckskin she is brown.
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I am not a color guru, I don't research or study it. I would call her a badass brown.
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