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Horseychick94 06-12-2010 03:45 PM

What Color Is Ruby?
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She is a chestnut but she has a dorsal stripe and lighter mane and tail that darkens on its way down. She has lighter feathering and cannons. She has no white markings other than scars from a larger horse attacking her a while back. Her tail is REALLY dark and almost looks purple-ish at the end. I have NO clue what to call her!:oops:

AnnaLover 06-12-2010 04:20 PM

She's just a plain ol' sorrel.. or chestnut! ;-) We seem to have a few of those at my house :roll:

The 'dorsal stripe' is just counter shading and it's normal for sorrels and chestnuts to have very dark tails and lighter manes. I

CloudsMystique 06-12-2010 04:30 PM

She's a chestnut : ]

Chestnuts can have dark hairs as long as they are not black. Some liver chestnuts look purple-ish (hence the name "liver").

Liver chestnut:

Almost any coat color can have what looks like a faint dorsal stripe. It's actually just countershading. My palomino even has one:

You can see one on this Arabian, a breed in which the dun gene does not exist:

Her light lower legs and muzzle could be a very minimal expression of the pangare gene, but that's just a guess.
Countershading - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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