Ridge of hair down a horse's back a breed trait?
I got a filly a couple months ago from an auction and we have noticed something unique about her coat. Starting at the withers all the way to where her tail bone starts there is a ridge of hair. At first we thought it might be bone and she just needed more fat, but when we felt it, it is not bone it is just hair that kind of sticks up more along that line (?) and won’t be smoothed down. What I was wondering is if this is a characteristic of a breed or maybe something else.
I tried to look around on google but didn't find anything helpful.
We know nothing about her breeding.
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OP can post her own photos, ok?.
subbing out of curiosity - would love more pictures :) (mostly cause she's adorable :P)
Hey cool. The Equine version of a Rhodesian Ridgeback ;)
Honestly though, I have no idea. More direct picture might be helpful. It looks like a counter shaded dorsal stripe to me and my eyes. Maybe for some reason the texture of hair on that counter shade is different.
It very well could be a counter shaded dorsal stripe. I don't know much about genetics and coloring(expect being able to tell if a horse is a bay, chestnut, etc...). I will go read some on dorsal stripes.
I will see if i can find any better pictures. Someone was asking me if it could have something to do with what breed she was and I had no clue. So I thought I would just post and see what I could find out.
I'm not sure it has anything to do with breed. The breeding barn I work at is all Standardbreds. We usually have a few babies every year that have this same thing. Kinda funny looking, but they grow out of it.
I am beginning to think that she will grow out of it though. As she gets her winter coat it is a little less noticeable. I guess I will just have to wait and see.
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