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QHa 04-17-2011 08:06 PM

Foal coloring...
 
I am still trying to guess what some of the colors of foals are when they are born. Last year I seen a sorrel colt out of a buckskin mare and a chestnut stallion. However by the time the colt was 4 months old he was nearly a dark brown.

So could some one explain what a foal of a particular color would look like at birth - four months of age? I am interested in knowing for future registrations on foals raised.

Palomino

- All yellow?

Cremello

- All white?

Pernilo

- All cream? Do they have the black skin?

Buckskin

- Yellow with black main and tail?

Black

-?

Bay

- ?

Poseidon 04-17-2011 08:10 PM

Black foals are generally a mousy colour. Sometimes they look like an adult grullo would.

smrobs 04-17-2011 08:13 PM

That's the funny thing about foals, they can always surprise you :D. 2 horses that are the exact same color as adults might have looked like completely different colors as foals.

ETA:

I don't have a ton of foal pictures, but I will share what I've got.

This guy was born this really light sorrel color
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...g?t=1303085785

And he shed out to be a nice, rich, blood color.
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...g?t=1303085848

And this guy was born this mousy, smokey color
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...g?t=1303085973

And shed out just as black as you please.
http://i551.photobucket.com/albums/i...g?t=1303086058

Most foals who are going to be bay or buckskin are born with lighter colored legs, almost a grayish color.

RodeoLoco 04-17-2011 08:23 PM

Oh , this frustrates me ! Our last foal was out of a black mare and a grullo stud. The foal was born very light grey, and turned dark red dun when he was 5 months old.

CecilliaB 04-17-2011 08:48 PM

Yellow/cream w/ black points, main and tail for buckskin I'd say....at least for my buckskin ;)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5302/...9318ce88_o.jpg
47b9cf37b3127cce98548ab988a900000035101EcsW7hs5ZQ by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr

Most recent, still kinda wet from bath.
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5267/...ba6a4d9b_o.jpg
1wb by Cecillia B Photography, on Flickr

Chiilaa 04-17-2011 09:42 PM

It can vary from horse to horse, like smrobs said. For example, most palominos are born a creamish, pumpkinish colour, but a member of the forum has a beautiful gold palomino gelding that was born cherry red chestnut. The best you can do is guess, and wait till the foal sheds out. Yearling coats are a much better indication of adult colour.

NdAppy 04-17-2011 09:51 PM

Just to add to your post Chiilaa.

Most of the time, the first shed of the foal's coat is the darkest their coat will ever be. Now this isn't 100%, but it does happen a majority of the time.

smrobs 04-17-2011 09:54 PM

That's so odd, and it fits. When Rafe first shed out as a weanling, he was more of a dark chestnut color rather than the blood red.


Interesting.

Poseidon 04-17-2011 09:55 PM

This is completely off topic, but ND, is your new avatar of Nav?

And I agree with foals black points being a mousy, gray colour, if not just the colour of the rest of their bodies until they shed out

NdAppy 04-17-2011 09:57 PM

lol Yes it is! It's part of a WIP digital painting I am doing. I have a thread up in the art section with pictures.


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