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    05-08-2010, 11:52 PM
  #1
Yearling
Does a bay have to have a dorsale stripe?

My current bay, Citrus, does not have a dorsal stripe.... my first and second horses, both bays, did..... does this mean he is not a true bay?
     
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    05-08-2010, 11:59 PM
  #2
Foal
No they don't need to have one. Just black legs, black mane and tail and black points with a reddish/brown body.

Edit: I looked at your horse and he is a bay :)
     
    05-09-2010, 12:45 AM
  #3
Foal
Many times a bay will have 'counter shading' but it's not a 'true' dorsal stripe.
     
    05-09-2010, 05:08 PM
  #4
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by railNtrail    
Many times a bay will have 'counter shading' but it's not a 'true' dorsal stripe.
yes I agree, bay's don't have the dorsal stripe as we know it, my bay has this 'shading' as you can see.
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    05-09-2010, 08:29 PM
  #5
Showing
It is more uncommon for a bay horse to have the countershading dorsal stripe than it is for them not to have one. I have seen many bays in my life but only a few of them had the appearance of a dorsal stripe. A true dorsal stripe associated with the dun gene is usually very pronounced and, often, the color differential continues into the mane and tail.

It sometimes looks like this.
     
    05-09-2010, 08:37 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Well my bay certainly doesn't have one! Haha
     
    05-09-2010, 10:04 PM
  #7
Banned
LOL my bay is a dark bay, so I wouldn't know it even if he did!
     
    05-09-2010, 11:05 PM
  #8
Yearling
Thanks for clearing that up for me.... I appreciate you even checking on him :) And sorry for not spell checking.... I can spell when I pay attention... dorsal... see?
     

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