05-12-2011, 08:42 AM
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Chiila pretty much hit that one on the head. Browns are lighter through the stifle area, the elbow area (these two areas are cannot be blamed on sunfading) and around the nose. Browns can and do have black points. The brown color (the afore mentioned lightened areas) used to be thought to be caused by mealy. The brown gene has been discovered and shown to be part and parcel of agouti with bay and wild bay. Normal bay seems to be dominant to brown at this time (who knows what more research will show!), so you can have bay horses produce browns. Pet DNA is the one and only place that has a test for brown and they test only for brown.