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TheBayArab 01-16-2013 12:24 PM

Bay with Buckskin/Dun markings?
I have an arabian colt (1/4 hackney) who is bay. He has a black stripe down his back, and my trainer mentioned he has dun markings. Is this normal? Have you seen it before? I will post pictures soon. His mother was mahogany/seal bay and also had these markings, and his father was white grey.

SunnyMeadeFarm 01-16-2013 12:43 PM

Since hes Arabian, he can't be a genetically a dun, hackneys are not dun either.
So this is most defiantly a case of counter shading, or in other words just the hair gets dark down the back and resembles a dorsal stripe.

This a purebred Arabian with countershading:

NdAppy 01-16-2013 12:44 PM

A lot of bays have counter shading which mimics dun caused markings.

lilruffian 01-16-2013 12:47 PM

Definitely not a dun, but it will be interesting to see if he greys out ;)

TheBayArab 01-16-2013 12:50 PM

Ahhh I see! Thanks.

NdAppy 01-16-2013 12:50 PM

If it is the same horse - Hero the horse

I doubt he is going to grey. He doesn't show any indications of it IMPO.

TheBayArab 01-16-2013 01:00 PM

Yes, he is four already and shows no signs so he is permanently bay most likely although I have heard of several cases where five year olds start going grey.

Remali 01-21-2013 10:05 PM

In order for him to go grey, he would need one grey parent. So it could be possible, but at 4 if he has not shown grey yet, he no doubt will remain bay.

WSArabians 01-22-2013 12:51 PM

I've got two bays that have counter shading - dorsal stripe and shoulder barring - and the beginnings of tiger stripping. One sorrel is so light with a dorsal she almost looks red dun. lol

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