What is a Wild Bay? Also, odd white hairs.

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    03-25-2012, 08:52 AM
What is a Wild Bay? Also, odd white hairs.

I was told on another color forum that Rosie was a "wild bay". I never did find out what that was, or why she was called that. Something about the way the dark points on her legs extend upwards, I think.

Also, she has these odd white hairs that appear every spring when she sheds out. The white hairs are all gone by July.

I can see if I have better pictures, if you need them.
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    03-25-2012, 09:04 AM
I would have called her a bay dun, especially if she has a dorsal stripe (can't quite see if she does). She's not a wild bay, because that is a very pale brown coat with blakc markings only as high as the fetlock or pastern. Hers go much higher.
    03-25-2012, 09:11 AM
She isn't a wild bay - as mentioned above, she has too much black on her legs. Whoever told you that have their wires crossed, but I can see what they are basing that on - there is bay on her legs below her knees in places, but she is still just a "plain" bay. This horse is wild bay:

Also, your horse isn't dun as the PP suggested. She has no dun factor at all, and if she has a dorsal, it will be counter-shading.
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    03-25-2012, 09:45 AM
I see what you mean, Chiilaa. That's a pretty horse, and I can see there is only black on the pasterns.

I could have gotten it wrong, too, from that other color forum. It was a few years ago.

Here she is from behind. She does have some counter shading but I never thought that was a dorsal stripe.

Any ideas on that clump of silly long white hair? LOL

She has some white hairs on one side of her face, too, that seem to be increasing with age.

    03-25-2012, 09:48 AM
No idea on the white hairs on her side. The ones on her face are probably just from age.
    03-25-2012, 09:52 AM
Yeah, I see what you mean, no dorsal stripe and quarter stripes, I would've guessed from the angle of the first pic... one of the reasons I suggest is cos we have two duns with those white spot markings on their shoulders and stifle areas, and I thought it might be another dun thing... but maybe not. They tend to get them in the winter and lose them in the summer, never really figured out why though.
    03-25-2012, 09:58 AM
Those white hairs are odd. Rosie didn't get them her whole life. I'd have to go back and look at old pictures to see when she started getting them.

I got Rosie as a two year old, and I want to say she started getting those when she was about 10.
    03-25-2012, 10:00 AM
Could be like age spots then..
    03-25-2012, 10:05 AM
Do the white hairs on her side appear in the same place every year? Is she blanketed through winter?
    03-25-2012, 10:15 AM
Originally Posted by Chiilaa    
Do the white hairs on her side appear in the same place every year? Is she blanketed through winter?
Yup, exactly the same spots. Two on her right side, and one very faint one on the left about mid barrel.

No, she's not blanketed, even in the coldest temperatures up here. The only time I put a blanket on her is if she gets soaked in freezing rain, and the it's just till she dries off some.

I looked back in my old pictures, and 2008 is the first spring I notice them.

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