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Thyme 09-21-2012 12:56 PM

Is my bay paint also considered a tri-color paint?
I remember a thread on here a long time ago where people discussed how many people call their bay paints tri color because of a black mane and tail but that they actually need black body spots to be considered tri.
I always just considered my horse bay because he doesn't have any large black spots on his body, he does however have black spots on his nose and small black spots above all his hooves. . .so is that enough for him to qualify? :lol: Just wondering for fun.

***Sorry about the blurry pic and then the awkward last one lol he was eating and watching my neighbor let his cows out.***

Jake and Dai 09-21-2012 01:00 PM

Ok...going to jump in and show my ignorance on color stuff so please don't shoot me experts! Only reason I am responding is really to learn. :lol:

I would still say he's a bay, because don't bays have black points? i.e. ears, nose, legs? It looks like your boy's white is covering so much of those points that they come out as spots.

MacabreMikolaj 09-21-2012 01:01 PM

There is no such thing as a "tri-color" Paint. It's just a term people with no knowledge of genetics came up with. Technically ANY bay or buckskin horse with white markings could be considered "tri-color" since all it means is three colored. I can't see your photos well on my phone, but he appears blatantly overo so from a genetically correct standpoint he would be bay splashed white or bay frame overo for example. Calling him a tri-color is much like using the terms chestnut and sorrel - both are just terms to describe a red based horse that genetically is always red regardless which terms you use.
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Thyme 09-21-2012 01:02 PM

oh alright thanks :)

MacabreMikolaj 09-21-2012 01:11 PM

He's gorgeous either way!!! =)
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Thyme 09-21-2012 01:15 PM


NdAppy 09-21-2012 02:06 PM

No he's not tricolored.

MacabreMikolaj 09-21-2012 05:00 PM

Ah right, I forgot about chimeric. I'm just so used to everyone with a bay or buckskin pinto calling then "tri-color".
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Tessa7707 09-21-2012 05:02 PM

The spots near his hooves are called 'ermine' spots. I know that much. haha

And WOW NdAppy! I didn't know that could happen on a horse! That's crazy!

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