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post #1 of 8 Old 07-22-2011, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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What colour would you call her?

So this is my 4 year old Paint mare Cheyenne. When she was born she looked sorrel, so thats what I registered her as. But I dont think she really is. And when my vet was doing paperwork for us to cross the border he said that her colour has changed (just as I thought) but that it will be ok to cross the border with the papers the way they are. But once I'm back I would like to get her papers changed. I'm leaning towards maybe flaxen chestnut, but what do you think? Here are some pics of her (within the last 1/2 year). Sorry for the huge pics.

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post #2 of 8 Old 07-22-2011, 01:03 PM
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I think she should be registered as "gorgeous"...but that's just me :)
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post #3 of 8 Old 07-22-2011, 01:27 PM
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Looks like a sorrel with a flaxen mane and tail. She certainly is beautiful.

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post #4 of 8 Old 07-22-2011, 01:31 PM
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Sorrel with a flaxen mane & tail but still a sorrel. Gorgeous btw!

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post #5 of 8 Old 07-22-2011, 02:30 PM
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Just FYI, sorrel and chestnut are both genetically the same. They are both red.

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post #6 of 8 Old 07-22-2011, 02:52 PM
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Like NdAppy said, chestnut and sorrel are genetically the same thing so her papers are correct with her being registered as sorrel. No matter what you call her though, she's stunning.

I don't know about APHA, but the AQHA does differentiate the colors in their handbook and this is the way I have always heard it.

(d) SORREL: body color reddish or copper-red; mane and tail usually same color as body, but may be flaxen.

(e) CHESTNUT: body color dark red or brownish-red; mane and tail usually dark red or brownish-red, but may be flaxen.
So, by that definition, your mare would be a sorrel. Something more like this would be a chestnut though she could be debatable, depending on the person.

This gelding, however, is beyond a doubt, a chestnut.

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post #7 of 8 Old 07-22-2011, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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ok thanks guys! So I guess I will leave her registered as she is right now! :)

Goodbye13lueSky - thanks, I only wish that was a possibility

And everyone else who said she was gorgeous, thanks. So I guess I'm not the only person who thinks that.
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-12-2011, 11:31 PM
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I agree that she is sorrel with flaxen mane and tail.... and gorgeous! :)
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