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MissH 04-17-2010 04:35 PM

Brindle
 
Not too sure if this is the right place to post this but I'll give it a go. I just finished reading a book by Sarah Gruen, "Riding Lessons". (If you haven't read it, it's great - really enjoyed it). Question though? The main equine characters in the book had brindled coats. I've been around horses for what I'd consider quite a long time, but this is the first time that I guess I realized that this was a possibility. Can anyone tell me more about this? I've always thought dogs were the only lucky ones that could have this coat variation, but perhaps I was wrong?

I'd sincerely love to know more. If anyone breeds or knows more about bridle colored coats, I'm interested. :-)

thunderhooves 04-17-2010 07:15 PM

it is possble in horses, though rare. Maybe some of the more "genetically informed" members on here can tell you more. In the meantime, here's some pics/more info on/about brindled horses! (almost halfway down the page)
Brindle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Indyhorse 04-17-2010 07:21 PM

I was under the impression the brindle coat in horses was linked to chimerism?

I know there was a nutso color breeder in Australia that was trying to breed brindle horses - she got shut down though.

Starving horses were part of an unusual breeding program Bridlepath

Ah, there's a website full of 'em (well, of course there is!)

Brindle Horses - a rare equine coat color

There's even a registry for them - Kevin! You were a day late and a dollar short!
http://www.abea-online.org/

Indyhorse 04-17-2010 07:44 PM

Sorry for the double, but here's a link to the article I remembered seeing about the link between brindle and chimerism.

http://instructor.mstc.edu/instructo...inamillion.pdf

To me, breeding chimeric horses, especially to each other, seems like a bad idea - way too many seperate dna strands floating around, not to mention the great increase of a foal being hermaphoditic, either internally or externally.

It DOES say in the article, that most chimeras are brindle, but not all brindle horses are chimera.

ShutUpJoe 04-17-2010 08:37 PM

I've dreamed of a brindle pintaloosa (ha ha).

Rowzy 04-17-2010 09:32 PM

I started looking up Bridle horses after reading that book too (It was a great book!). The links that everybody posted are great, thank you.

ontherocks 04-17-2010 09:52 PM

Read that book too! Loved it! :)

White Foot 04-17-2010 10:11 PM

That was an amazing book!

haviris 04-18-2010 03:05 AM

It CAN (and I think usually is) linked to chimerism, but there are rare brindles that aren't.

Cattle can be brindle to.

draftrider 04-18-2010 03:42 AM

They remind me of real life Breyer woodgrain horses.

I had a brindle goat ones, coolest looking thing.


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