I've heard of a gene called a satin gene used to describe overly shinny horses that naturally have that oh so desierable shine, here's a horse how may have it, i'm not quite sure if it's true or not, anyways his name is Magic!
P/s I'm in love with the whiteish "frosting" on his mane!
As far as I am aware it is called 'irridescence' and is mostly linked to Akhal Tekes.
cool, I'm curious if this boy may have it?
He doesn't get supplements, and no speacial feed...
Eh. There is a colossal difference between the metallic sheen that an Akhal Teke may have and a shiny coat. MOST horses should have ridiculously glittering coats - just feeding mine grass produces an almost blinding sheen on all of our horses. We always get asked what supplements we feed, and it's nothing but 100% natural healthy diet.
My Arabian mare Zierra:
And an actual Akhal Teke with metallic sheen:
It's a huge and very blatantly obvious difference in my opinion. I also don't think it's ever been observed outside the Akhal Teke. It's a very glinting shade all of itself as opposed to an illustrious shine we may induce on "normal" breeds.
Those are so BLINDINGGG Akhal-Tekes! woa, ude! they are unbeleivably metelic!
OP- You have avery prety horse, but those pics don't show shinieness very well,lol. Gorgeous horse,though! :)
Whilst I find the whole horse genetic thing fascinating, those Akhal Tekes are freaky.
Aren't they desert breeds and it helped them survive in the deserts and extreme sun? (I may be mistaken but I think I remember reading something about it). Anywho...a healthy horse should be "shiny" and horse that naturally has a little longer hair is going to be "shinier" than a very short haired horse as well. So glad you have a "shiney" horse, it's the sign of good care and management but I doubt it's genetic in the sense that you're talking about. Although some horses just simply pass on better quality coats to their babies than others, it's mostly nutrition.
The Satin gene is found in rabbits I know. Satinizing basically makes the cornified layer of the hair shaft clear rather than pigmented, with a core of concentrated pigment instead of pigmentation spread through the entire hair shaft. Basically the same effect as painting clear nail polish over colored nail polish. It increases the shine.
Buckskins and Palominos will get a sort of metallic sheen to their coats if well fed, groomed, and cared for. My palomino pony is still shedding out right now, but looks like polished gold all along her topline and rump, though her sides are less so because she has a randomly manifesting sooty gene. It's not the same as the actual genetic metallic coat on an Akhal Teke, and it's not a special gene, it's just good care. Congrats. :lol:
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