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xXSweetBreezeXx 07-12-2012 02:49 PM

What would you call this color?
I don't know much about genetics and what not, but I do find it very interesting. I am a little confused about my Morgan cross filly. I would say she's a sorrel or chestnut, but the really light parts on her belly as well as the fading on her front legs (present in the winter too) really confuse me. Could someone possibly explain this for me?
Thanks!! It's muchly appreciated!

ThirteenAcres 07-12-2012 02:52 PM

Flaxen chestnut with pangare. =)

xXSweetBreezeXx 07-12-2012 02:54 PM

Thank you ThirteenAcres. Now let's pretend we are explaining this to a completely clueless person haha. What exactly is pangare? Thanks again!!

smrobs 07-12-2012 02:56 PM

Yep, she is a sorrel/chestnut. The lighter points you are seeing are due to the Pangare or mealy modifier. It's pretty common in breeds like haflingers and belgian drafts but it's not exclusive to them.

What it does is it lightens the "soft" areas of a horse, behind their elbows, in their flanks, around their muzzle, and on their lower buttocks...

xXSweetBreezeXx 07-12-2012 02:59 PM

Thanks guys! That's kinda cool, I've never heard that term before. I am taking an equine genetics course next year at school, so I will have to bring it up with my professor!

ThirteenAcres 07-12-2012 03:07 PM

Haha. Sorry! I should have explained further. >_<

Genetics are super, super interesting. I'd love to take a class.

smrobs 07-12-2012 07:16 PM

Keep in mind sweetbreeze, that sometimes some of the info they teach in courses like that can still be a bit outdated.

clipclopclip 07-12-2012 07:27 PM

Out here in the West we call that Sorrel. :) But yes, your horse is Chestnut/Flaxen mane and tail.

Bridgertrot 07-13-2012 01:14 AM


Originally Posted by smrobs (Post 1594480)
Keep in mind sweetbreeze, that sometimes some of the info they teach in courses like that can still be a bit outdated.

This is true. I also have to take an equine genetics class in the near future. In my equine intro class they taught basic color stuff. We walked around the barn identifying all of the colt starting class horses colors and markings. Our teaching assistant kept calling the colts going grey, roans :-| I can't wait for the class because I've learned a lot about genetics already and I feel like I'll be calling people out. lol

Your horse is cute. I saw a mustang up for adoption recently that looked very similar, except he had sooty thrown in too. Made it a sooty flaxen pangare chestnut :D

Spirit Lifter 07-13-2012 12:02 PM

Does a brown that has lighter areas in the the soft points have pangare?

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