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    05-12-2010, 10:05 PM
horse color question

I have a mini that I'm not sure what his color would be.. His winter coat is dark brown/caramel. As he sheds he goes mahogany brown to black,, looks wet all the time.would he be a bay?or a black?
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    05-12-2010, 11:32 PM
Hi AustinStorm, Welcome to the forum!

It is really hard to tell from that one pic... Do you have a photo of your mini when it is completely shed out? And a full shot?

A lot of black, or near black, horses get a "reddish" hue to them from too much sun bleaching. Could also be a Bay?
But again, really hard to say from that one photo... sorry.

Maybe some one else will be more helpful!
    05-12-2010, 11:39 PM
Ive heard of that as being a 'black bay' but I never really understood that. Just so you know, my avatar is my horse and he looks like your mini in the winter. The long hair sunbleaches much faster than the short. Oh and cassandra...your horse looks just like a rescue we had at our barn!
    05-13-2010, 07:14 AM
Can you post a full body shot?

Just from that one pic, he looks like my gelding, Cruiser, who is (tested) silver black (not what the typical silver black mini looks like, but still is!). You can see Cruiser on the mini geldings page of my website if you'd like to compare :)
    05-13-2010, 01:51 PM
Originally Posted by corinowalk    
Ive heard of that as being a 'black bay' but I never really understood that. Just so you know, my avatar is my horse and he looks like your mini in the winter. The long hair sunbleaches much faster than the short. Oh and cassandra...your horse looks just like a rescue we had at our barn!

corinowalk, there was a horse that looked like my leopard appy?
If you were not so far away, I would be tempted to bombard you with questions about that horse!
I am always looking for Kozmo's twin to make a matched pair for driving.....
    05-16-2010, 02:09 PM
Color Question New pic

Before bath day. He's not wet. So what color? Maybe a black Bay or Mahogany Brown? That's as close as I can find in the registry's discriptions to his color.
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    05-18-2010, 04:27 PM
I think he's black, with a sunburnt coat in the winter.
    05-18-2010, 07:11 PM
Thank but he's not a true black. His previous owner tried to say that, there's too much red & brown in his mane & tail. His winter coat changes color unlike my little black & white paint. She stays the same clor all year. She is my avatar pulling the cart.
    05-18-2010, 07:43 PM
A true black and a sunfaded black are the same thing, genetically. My mare is black and the ends of her forelock, mane, and tail are burnt orange. She also gets much browner in the winter.

With such a dark body, black points, and no brown patches on his muzzle, eyes, or flanks, I'm tempted to say he's just a sunfaded black. Yes, he could be a bay (but he's too dark). Yes, he could be seal brown (but he doesn't have a light muzzle, eyes, or flank). Yes, he could be a smoky black, silver black, etc... But that's all unlikely (think Occam's razor).

Do you know what color his parents are?
    05-18-2010, 07:54 PM
He is black my mare does the same thing every year :)

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