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  • What is a zebra called if the colors are backwards
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    03-11-2011, 08:01 PM
Quick tip if you can't tell: Look at its legs. A dun will have zebra markings, a buckskin won't. Easy as that. Haha.

My friend just got a red dun. As of today, actually! We've known him for 2 years though. Sorrels/Chestnuts aren't my favourite colour, but I loveee red duns.

My mare's a buckskin who does not have a dorsal stripe. I did meet someone who had the colours backwards and called her a dun because she DIDN'T have a stripe. I told him and he figured it out.
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    03-11-2011, 08:22 PM
Buckskins don't have Zebra stripes? Now I can tell. Lol
My horse has zebra stripes too, but they fade in the winter time and all I can see is his red stockings. But even in the summer time its really hard to see his zebra stripes.
    03-11-2011, 08:27 PM
Yeah, the red dun my friend got has them but they're very faint. They're very obvious on bay duns (regular duns).

No, buckskins do not have zebra stripes. They have black legs caused by the agouti gene, but they just blend into the golden hairs. If you go into my barn, some of the pictures show her legs.
    03-11-2011, 08:42 PM
This all makes sense now.

Your horse is beautiful. I just went to your barn. The pictures really helped. I can see the legs.
So Buckskins have black legs and I could see the color blending in.
How about duns. Do all duns have zebra stripes?
    03-11-2011, 08:47 PM
Thank you. She looks like a bear now.. but is shedding heaps. Gross.

Yes, all duns have zebra barring, regardless of shade. Some are very bold (I'll attach a picture of Abby's dun friend from the barn she used to be at) and some are very faint, like the ones on your red dun.

These are from Abby's bff for a few months. She had the coolest zebra barrings.
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    03-11-2011, 08:59 PM
Those are really cool.
My horse is shedding too. He looks orange now, but when he sheds all his winter coat he'll be gold.
    03-12-2011, 02:58 PM
Cool! That is neat how dun colored horses have a stripe going down their backs. It adds a fashionable look.
    03-14-2011, 02:24 AM

Dun and buckskin are color patterns that result from entirely different.The main problem in identifying them is terminology.Both dun and buckskin are the result of DILUTION agents, which both act to bleach to dilute the underlying body coat.The dun gene may also occur with any other base color or pattern, and it will affect that color in the same way: a diluted body coat with the underlying base color showing through for the dorsal and leg stripes, face, tips of ears, etc. Thus there can be a buckskin dun, which would be a horse carrying both dilution factors.

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