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colouring question!!!

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        07-27-2007, 07:22 PM
    colouring question!!!

    Ok so until recently I assumed my horse was just a plain chestnut, he does have a dorsal stripe though and his legs and head look darker than his body, would this make him a chestnut dun?

    Which poses another question, I have always been told that the dun gene is absent in thoroughbreds and arabians. Now supposedly he is 100% thoroughbred but we have no proof (tatoo, papers or anything else) and his conformation isn't the typical thorughbred.

    Help anyone???
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        07-27-2007, 10:41 PM
    I'm no expert or anything, but if he's 100% Arab or Thoroughbred then he's not a Dun, the dun gene isn't in either of those breeds.
        07-28-2007, 02:22 AM
    A dorsal stripe does not necessarily mean that the horse is dun, instead, most duns carry a dorsal stripe. Like Raechel said, TBs do not carried a dun gene. The counter-shading gene, can however, produce a faint dorsal stripe in Arabs and Tb which is what you may be seeing.
        08-10-2007, 09:07 AM
    I don't think there's a counter-shading 'gene' as such, but countershading is probably what he has. :)
        08-12-2007, 07:24 AM
    Here is a photo that I have found its a chestnut dun...

    You say that you don't no if he/she is 100% tb and that he does not fit the body build for a tb, so there is that slight chance that he/she is not and he/she might be a dun, or hav the dun geane through him/her.
    Id say that if he does have a dun geane through him/her then I would say that there not really a tb, it might be a tb x but I wouldnt say that its 100% certain lol

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