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post #1 of 7 Old 07-23-2019, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
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Mare was jet black but could see underlying dappling but slightly brown in the sun. Brown has become more noticeable since her fur grew out into a brown during winter.
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-23-2019, 07:08 AM
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Welcome to the Forum....

Not sure what your question is or you're asking...

To me, if the mare was black but you could see other coloring in the sun then she is not a true black but dark brown.
If she sun-fades to brown...
The only true black horse I knew was so black he looked blue-black and he never faded no matter how much sun he was exposed to.
I'm not into the genetics of coloring, but to me if the horse fades off to brown then it wasn't black to start with.

So,.... What exactly are you trying to find out, discover or ask???

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post #3 of 7 Old 07-23-2019, 07:50 AM
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Sun-fading black is genetically black, no matter what it looks like. The majority of black horses show some rusty coloration. Blue-black unfading black is rare.

Brown also called seal brown, which can look very similar to sun-faded black, is genetically bay.

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post #4 of 7 Old 07-23-2019, 03:02 PM
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Looks like a sun bleached black.

Seal browns still tend to keep their black through the body.
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-24-2019, 02:12 PM
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Do you have better photos of her head and muzzle? Does she always have a tan muzzle, or light areas (golden) around her eyes? Do you know her parent colors as well?
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-24-2019, 02:39 PM
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Genetically a black is E_aa. Depending on environment, diet, other genes (nd1) you will see a wide range of black represented because of fade. If when the coat changes seasonally it is black with no brown or cinnamon at the muzzle or in the soft spots then it is black no matter the shade it ends up after exposure to sun and sweat. A brown horse is E_A_ with whatever modifies the red body coat to the darker brown. There are some reds (liver) that are so dark red they appear black in some light. They genetically are ee and it doesn't matter what the agouti A or a) status is.

OP we would need better pictures and pictures at the seasonal change.
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-24-2019, 04:24 PM
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Any idea what breed she is?
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