What color is my old lady? Lots of pictures
Hello! Just to preface this post, I want to let you all know that I know absolutely nothing about horse colors and genetics :D
I know the absolute basics I read in books when I was little- chestnut, bay, palomino, pinto, etc.
I have always referred to my mare as a liver chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail. This is what I was told when I started riding her about 10 years ago. However, I was told many things that weren't accurate about her, so I thought I'd check in with people who know way more than I do!
This is Lizzie. She's a Morgan mare somewhere in her mid to late 30's.
Freshly shed out summer coat- shows some of the darkness at the top of her mane
Late summer coat- notice how light her legs get down by her hooves
Shows her tail- dark at the top, light at the bottom. I don't know whether it's just age or not, but the entire core of her tail is silver/grey. I can get a picture tomorrow if you'd like. And don't worry, she's gained a lot of weight since then. The last picture I posted shows her current weight :-)
Mid summer (eating with her best friend!)- shows her front legs and how light her mane is after being in the sun
Fall/early winter coat
Summer time- dark coat, light front legs
Late fall- light legs and mane/forelock
Chestnut with flaxen and sooty.
What a sweet ole' gal!
Im going to go with chestnut. See how red her coat (and legs) get? She also has a flaxen gene, and a sooty gene (turning the flaxen...dirtyish looking)
So, a sooty flaxen chestnut.
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Cool! So the sooty gene causes the dark hairs that mix in with her mane and tail? And is the seasonal coat color changes typical for a chestnut? I haven't seen very much change in other chestnuts I know. Thanks for the quick replies!
Also, I forgot to mention that the hair on her "armpits", belly and between her back legs is grey, but used to be the color of her fetlocks in the last picture.
Yes, sooty is what is causing the "silver" and "dirty" mane appearance. If not for the sooty gene, she would have a blonde mane.
Some chestnuts do go though very prominent seasonal changes. It looks like your girl is what is considered a "liver chestnut"...very dark. She probably gets sunbleached and it makes her more red. But it just depends on the horse.
I know one liver chestnut that is very reddish in the winter and spring, and by fall, shes as dark as your mare. Its interesting!
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I would say liver chestnut, because of her darker coat, and a flaxen mane
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