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ilovesonya 08-07-2010 04:51 PM

What colour will she shed-out?
Rumour is starting to shed now. I am not sure whether she is going to be a bay or chestnut. She is almost the same colour as her foal coat, but richer and brighter.
I was thinking she was definatley going to be a bay, but her tail has messed me up. It is almost turning flaxen where new hair has grown. So now I am thinking she may be a flaxen chestnut, but her mane isn't doing the same thing...

Here are some pics:

She has shed out all her foal hair on her butt, and her neck mostly

Her face has shed out except for around the white

The hair growing on her withers is like a chestnuts would be, but all new hair that has grown on any other part of her mane is black

Thanks for reading and any input!

ilovesonya 08-07-2010 05:02 PM

Oh, just wanted to let everyone know that she is getting weaned either today or tomorrow. Rumour doesn't stay near Sonya other than to get a little drink, and Sonya is losing weight because Rumour is getting so big! I'm just going to suck them both up for a week or two before I start with Rumour's training, and with riding Sonya.

trailhorserider 08-08-2010 09:54 PM

I don't know about the color, but she's a big, gorgeous girl!

My foal has me perplexed too. I would have swore he was bay, but his mane is red instead of black. But he has dark points like a bay. His mom is a gray, so I am thinking he could turn gray, but he has no roaning around his face, only on his tail and lower legs.

Those foals just keep us guessing!

CharliGirl 08-08-2010 10:21 PM

My guess is that the lighter stuff in her tail will eventually shed out to match her mane. I've only ever experienced dark bay and black foals though, so I could be completely off!

My gelding Scotch is a flaxen chestnut, and he does have black and white streaks in his tail (the underside), along with brown.
Not the best pictures...he didn't get groomed that day. :/

MacabreMikolaj 08-09-2010 11:50 AM

I think bay. We had tons of chestnut Arabs born on the farm, and they never had black manes and tails at ANY point. A chestnut colt was just born at the ranch as well who's chestnut, and he's been blatantly chestnut since birth.

Zierra the day she was born:

Zierra a couple weeks old:

Zierra a few months old:

The new colt at the ranch the day he was born:

I don't have recent photos, but at a few months old, he's a blatant bright chestnut now.

I could be wrong, I've just never personally had a chestnut foal that ever had black in the mane and tail. Bay foals are NOTORIOUS for changing colors repeatedly before finally shedding out.

MacabreMikolaj 08-09-2010 11:52 AM

As a side note - as you can see, both these foals had white in their tails as youngsters. It's pretty typical of any color in foals.

Also - I'm positive I see black tipped ears on Rumour, which you wouldn't find on a chestnut. I suppose foal coat could trick you, but I'm positive she's bay.

ilovesonya 08-09-2010 05:23 PM

Thanks MM. Those pictures helped. I am pretty sure she is going to be bay.

Thanks everyone else for your input!

luvs2ride1979 08-12-2010 01:12 PM

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The light color in the tail will shed out and likely come back in dark. Foals are known for their light color tales and legs, which rarely last... ;-)

Right now, she's either going to end up a very light bay or a dark chestnut.

My chestnut mare (tested ee aa) has a nearly black mane and tail that fades to red and red-blonde. If you look close, out in the sun, the hair is definitely dark auburn though, not black. I have attached a few pictures of her, winter coat, spring coat and early summer coat. By late summer she fades to a lovely golden color. She has coat-colored ears, no black or dark tips on them.

CheyAut 08-12-2010 01:24 PM

Definately a bay. The light hairs are baby flaxen and will go away as she gets older. Such a cutie :)

ilovesonya 08-12-2010 01:38 PM

Ok, she is deffinatley going to be a bay!
Last night I was grooming her, and was brushing her legs. I moved the hair, and sure enough,there was black underneath!

I will post pics once she has finished shedding! She is taking a while.

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