Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South of No-where
Sire - is a red based horse + 1 cream
Dam - is a black based horse but is heterozygous - so 1 black gene and 1 red gene. She carries agouti to cause the black to go bay.
Sire gave one of his red genes, but not the creme. The mare gave the red instead of the black. Not sure on the agouti because it does not impact red.
As to the flaxen - there is still debate out there on if it is a dominant or recessive gene (unless they finally figured this out for sure since last time I read up on it? If they did - I'm sure someone will be along soon to correct me). Personally I tend to think its recessive considering that it seems to breed true flaxen X flaxen usually produces flaxen - vs. a dominant gene that could be hiding non-flaxen. So if this is the case - both parents carry for flaxen (which does not work on a black based horse so the bay **** would show no signs of it if she carried it) and they each gave a gene to their offspring.
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