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post #1 of 30 Old 07-24-2011, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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What is this pattern called? Would this be considered brindle?

This is my blm mustang mare and I have always been curious what these marking are called. They stand out after she has had a bath and before she has rolled because the markings are so light. She is still a little wet in the photos but they showed up really nice after using color enhancing shampoo for the first time yesterday. They are on both sides of her neck, barrel and a tiny bit on the top of her hips. I don't know why but you can always see the markings better in person that you can in a photo. She doesn't have these stripes in her winter coat at all. Oh and she is a red dun so I wasn't sure if a horse can be a combo of a dun and a brindle. I forgot to add that she has no curl to her coat so it isn't directional growth. Thanks!
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post #2 of 30 Old 07-24-2011, 10:22 AM
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I'm not 100% sure but it kind of does look like brindling. It's very neat whatever it is.

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post #3 of 30 Old 07-24-2011, 10:34 AM
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A bit off topic, but I have a question on BLM freeze brands.

I have noticed lately several photos of horses that the BLM just sort of seems to slap the freeze brand in the middle of the horse's neck. I always though it should be neatly near the crest. On my BLM gelding it is neatly near the crest (and under the mane).

Has it always been this way (in the middle of the neck?) or does the BLM just sort of slap-em-on where ever? Maybe my guy's brand is actually the acception to the rule?

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Lol if you walk out into the pens where I just adopted my gelding last month I noticed they all had them all in different places on the neck. When the do the branding, worming, hoof trims and shots they send the horses through the shoots down to a hydrolic chute that is padded. Once the horse is in there it squeezes the horse all over just enough so they can't move around much. They open the door and then brand the horse. They try to get them along the crest of the neck but the horses are still able to kind of move their heads in there which is why you will see the brand not always in the center. This is my gelding in that padded, hydrolic chute when they were trimming his hooves before we loaded him up on the trailer.
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My friend messaged me that they found this info on brindles... The brindle horse usually has dark stripes on a lighter background, but there are cases of light stripes on a dark background. At one point, it was thought to be part of the dun factor, but it found to be untrue. "Many people confuse the Brindle pattern with Dun Factor markings (stripe down the back, barring on the legs, and occasional regular-spaced striping down the ribs). At one time, it was thought Brindle was a just a variation of Dun Factor. Indeed, there have been many examples of horses that were probably carrying both Dun Factor and Brindle."
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Wow, that's pretty wild!

I have never been out to where they have them. I bought my guy second-hand.

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post #7 of 30 Old 07-24-2011, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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I absolutely LOVE wild mustangs! I bought my red mare here second hand and she is hands down the BEST trail partner I have ever had! We just moved up into the Sierra mountains in northern California in January and she has proven to be quite the mountain goat! My new boy will be just as good. He is so level headed and as much as I hate to say it, way smarter than my mare lol.
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I was thinking maybe it was reverse brindle? You see that on some dogs.. That would be why the brindling is lighter than than the base coat?

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Wow, that's very unique . Does it have any kind of texture when you run your hand over it? I would say that it most definitely could be brindle.

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post #10 of 30 Old 07-24-2011, 05:05 PM
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It looks like pretty typical roan striping to me...
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