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post #1 of 15 Old 03-26-2013, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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Question What colour is my horse?

I've had much debate over the colour of my horse - people tell me he is chestnut, liver chestnut, flaxen chestnut and some people say he is bay; another even said that it has been died that colour

I'm leaning towards liver chestnut, but all posts I've read about liver chestnut say the mane and tail have to be darker than the body - is this true? If not what colour would he be and would his genetic code be the same as that of a regular chestnut (ee/aa - around that anyway) ? Any help is appreciated! :)

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post #2 of 15 Old 03-26-2013, 09:51 AM
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I would say liver chesnut.Equine Color Genetics
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post #3 of 15 Old 03-26-2013, 09:54 AM
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Another vote for liver chestnut. He's gorgeous.
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He has to be one of the prettiest horses I have ever seen! I love the color of his mane.
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post #5 of 15 Old 03-26-2013, 10:36 AM
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Liver chestnut. Very pretty boy.

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Liver chestnut.

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post #7 of 15 Old 03-26-2013, 11:02 AM
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He definitely looks liver chestnut. A picture that shows his lower legs would clear it up completely - a red based horse would get paler right down on the coronet band at the very least.

Genetically, there is no difference between the shades of chestnut that is known to us at this point. So yes, he would be e/e. As for his agouti status, being red based, agouti does not act on his coat, and so any guess as to what genes are present is merely a guess and not an educated one at that.

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Flaxen liver chestnut.
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Beautiful horse!
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post #10 of 15 Old 03-26-2013, 01:13 PM
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Liver chestnut

The mane & tail don't have to be darker. Liver chestnut is the same (genetically) as any other shade of chestnut/sorrel, and all of those can be modified with flaxen, which lightens the mane & tail.
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