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stacieandtheboys 01-17-2009 10:00 AM

What type of pony? Color?
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I have no real experience with pony breeds. I bought this little girl for my boys and the lady said she was a welsh cross. She is about 12 hh. Also what color would she be. Right now she has a brown coat but in this pic she looks grey.


I would say her color is a silver dapple. She looks like a sweet pony.

minihorse927 01-17-2009 11:36 PM

It is a big Whinney Miniature Shetlands!!! am I right? Definitely a silver dapple pony. I do not know enough about welsh crosses to say yay or nay, but can you post some more pics of her head and her standing more squarely as I am sure other members will be able to tell you more about breed that way because they can see her better.

NorthernMama 01-18-2009 12:35 AM

How could she be a silver dapple if she is brown not grey? Maybe she's a roan? I'm not good with official colours anyway, but a better photo would help with both the breed and the colour.

minihorse927 01-18-2009 12:59 AM

She is a silver dapple and the brown effect is due to the sunburnt ends. When silver dapples are out in the sunlight a lot, their hair turns to a mousy brown or light chocolate brown color and they usually maintain the dappling effect. I have a mare that is silver dapple and she does the same thing when left out in the sun. Another way to know between a gray and a silver dapple is that grays lighten with age while you silver dapple will generally darken or stay the same color no matter what age they are. Her mane and tail appear white but I would also guess if Stacieandtheboys looked really close at her tail it would have multiple colors mixed into it making it a flaxen tale and the mane may be the same way. If you were to body clip her completely the dapples would turn almost white/silvery white and her body would be a lighter silver color. This is a website that kind of explains the markings and what the silver gene does to coat colors, it is the first one that popped up so it is not the best I have read, but is works! Silver dapple gene - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Yep, it is official, I am a silver dapple freak! Something about them I just love.

minihorse927 01-18-2009 01:15 AM

well it will not let me edit my previous post as I guess it has been over 10 minutes but anywho, this is another site, this one is 10 times better than the other. Silver Dapple Gene* - is an educational site about the "Silver Dapple" gene and how it dilutes black pigmentation on horses.
Here is also a pic of my silver dapple mare.
Sorry, I know it is a huge picture.

alldun 01-18-2009 06:59 AM

there is a distinction between dapple grey (which is the appearance of how a horse looses its coat colour) and silver dapple (which is the silver gene working on base coat colours)

I agree-looks silver dapple. So many ponies I have seen have that colour.

morganshow11 01-18-2009 08:00 AM

stacieandtheboys, i would say she is a silver grey as well.

stacieandtheboys 01-18-2009 09:26 AM

Thanks guys! She was outside a lot before I bought her and of course her fuzzy winter coat is longer she does have a mousy brown color the dapples still show through though. Her mane and tail are pretty much a blonde color...Maybe I will take a picture of her now...that picture was taken in Sept before her winter coat came in.

Maybe a better pic will also help in deciding her breed :)

NorthernMama 01-18-2009 10:00 AM

Thanks, Minihorse. I didn't know that. Very interesting.

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