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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:

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._3309136_n.jpg


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

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._7109394_n.jpg

Her face has shed out except for around the white

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._6982561_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._8024255_n.jpg

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

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._8075131_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._6679233_n.jpg

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.
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/g...s/DSC09209.jpg
http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/g...s/DSC09210.jpg
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:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1.../zierra050.jpg

Zierra a couple weeks old:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...kizena1999.png

Zierra a few months old:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1.../zierra049.jpg

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

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._1912404_n.jpg

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-..._8304237_n.jpg

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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