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    09-02-2010, 12:09 PM
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Yearling
Are there color discriminations? or myths?

I was wondering if there are sayings out there like all black horses like to lick or all red roans get woolier winter coats...... or sorrels are fast... or white horses have a harder time learning to back up.....?

Any one know of any that are color based, not breed based? If not, we should all start positive ones about the colors of our horses....

Like bays are exceptionally sweet natured
     
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    09-02-2010, 12:34 PM
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Green Broke
I don't know if it is with all greys/whites, but both of mine get REALLY fuzzy in the winter...
     
    09-02-2010, 01:16 PM
  #3
Started
Greys are more prone to skin cancer. That's the only one I believe.
     
    09-02-2010, 01:38 PM
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Weanling
I heard one last night actually...If a horse has 4 white socks run like hell...Mine happens to have 4 knee high white socks and I have been told she is a crazy nut...anyone else ever heard that myth?
     
    09-02-2010, 01:50 PM
  #5
Weanling
Oh there are tons of myths. The most popular one I've heard is "red heads" (chestnuts that is) are crazy. Or the "chestnut mare" syndrome, that indicates chestnut mares are hot and spirited, and more unpredictable than most horses.

Well, none of them are really true. That being said, funny enough all the chestnut mares I have known have been a little kooky! And I've known some nutty chestnuts, but I have known just as many calm chestnuts.

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ll black horses like to lic
My boy is black (okay, he's bleached to a yucky orange right now, but he IS naturally black), and he's never licked. He licks his lips when he thinks I have a snack for him though! ;)

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all red roans get woolier winter coats
Never heard this, but the red roan I knew as a child actually had a fairly light winter coat. The roaning may make it appear to be fuzzier though.

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sorrels are fast
I've heard it, but I don't think it's true. I've known a lot of sloooow, lazy sorrels.

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white horses have a harder time learning to back up
I've never heard that. Or course, "white" is technically not a real color, unless you want to count dominant white, which is the only "true" white horse. Grays though...all I've known have backed fine, and the one I knew who was in training learned pretty easy.

Another one I just remembered hearing was the black horses are super-spirited. I guess that's a stigma that comes from stuff like The Black Stallion and movies with "dreamy" black horses. I've only known a couple of black horses in my life. One I didn't know that well, but she seemed to be fairly mellow in temperament, not super hot headed. And my Jack is definitely not a deadhead, but I would not call him hot or super-spirited. I think he's got a lot of personality and he's somewhat pushy, but he's very motivated. I think he just gets more studly (although he's a gelding) rather than spirited or hot. Or am I just making excuses for him? ;)

I've heard Appaloosas are sweet and that Cremellos/Perlinos are hard to handle.
     
    09-02-2010, 01:54 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by herdbound    
I heard one last night actually...If a horse has 4 white socks run like hell...Mine happens to have 4 knee high white socks and I have been told she is a crazy nut...anyone else ever heard that myth?
I HAVE.

"One sock, buy 'em.
Two socks, try 'em.
Three socks, deny 'em
Four socks, DON'T BUY HIM!"

That's the saying I believe. I think it stems from an old way of thinking that white socks made the hoof weak. But I don't think it had anything to do with craziness. I could be wrong.

My trainer has an awesome pony with 4 white stockings though, and he's a 2nd level dressage horse with a sweet disposition.
     
    09-02-2010, 01:59 PM
  #7
Yearling
I have herd: Paints are 'wild'. Buckskins are mean. Sorrels are hard to train but really loyal when finished. White hooves are softer And Palominos are hot heads... Oh and a non color related discrimination: Stallions are crazy man eating monsters.
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    09-02-2010, 02:29 PM
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Green Broke
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If a horse has 4 white socks run like hell
Yes, I have heard that one before. Rocket had four socks and a bad attitude. And was slightly jumpy, but that could have been due to lack of training because once I had him sensitized he was fine.
     
    09-02-2010, 02:32 PM
  #9
Trained
Greys are actually only prone to cancer because they have solid black skin !

I have always heard the chestnuts are crazy one. Which is funny because people take it so serious and won't ride them !
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    09-02-2010, 02:40 PM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by herdbound    
I heard one last night actually...If a horse has 4 white socks run like hell...Mine happens to have 4 knee high white socks and I have been told she is a crazy nut...anyone else ever heard that myth?
Some of the old racehorse trainers (probably the modern ones too) thought a horse with white feet had weak legs or something like that. Needless to say, Secretariat alone had four white socks, and...well, look how he turned out. But then again, Tango has four white legs, and she's lame in one of them. Coincidental? Maybe. Actually, probably. I'm not really superstitious.
     

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