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        12-23-2011, 04:55 PM
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    Yearling
    Awesome can't wait for bub to be born, I'm going to take lots of pics!
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        12-23-2011, 09:28 PM
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    Foal
    If she were a brown and white tobiano her muzzle would be brown not black. It doesn't matter if the flanks and behind her eyes are brown in the winter. A lot of black horses stay a little sunburned throughout the winter, giving them brown spots in the fur. The palomino could be sabino, but I'm not sure. Either way, it really wouldn't affect if you get spots or not. You still only have a 50% chance of the foal being spotted, unless both the mare's parents were spotted, then she is VERY likely homozygous for spots. The ONLY way to know for sure what you have is to contact either UC Davis for color genetic testing or you can also use University of Kentucky for genetic testing.
         
        12-23-2011, 09:40 PM
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    Yearling
    Ok then kywalkers :)
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        12-24-2011, 12:25 AM
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    Trained
    Very cute horses
         
        12-24-2011, 12:40 AM
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    Trained
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    Originally Posted by kywalkers2012    
    If she were a brown and white tobiano her muzzle would be brown not black. It doesn't matter if the flanks and behind her eyes are brown in the winter. A lot of black horses stay a little sunburned throughout the winter, giving them brown spots in the fur.
    I understand perfectly well that black horses sun burn and go brown in places. I also understand that this can happen in both summer and winter coats. I live in Australia, I am well aware of the sun.

    However. A black horse will bleach first in areas that have the most sun shining on them. Just like a person. You don't burn on your belly if you are tanning your back. A horse is the same - the soft areas along their belly is the LAST place you would expect to see the heaviest bleaching. This is why paler colour in the lower flank is such a good indicator of brown - you can assume the flank should be one of the darker spots on a bleached black.
         

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