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post #11 of 15 Old 09-19-2016, 01:57 AM Thread Starter
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Definitely a sabino{not roan} splash overo. Base color i'd say he is a fading black or brown ,but I'd test to be sure.I use to have a black overo, in winter looked black but end of summer much more brown hue to his coat from sun bleaching his coat. If I kept him blanketed or indoors he would blacken back up. My first impression was a dark Bay but the first pics were he is shedding out his black winter, I really see no hints of brown/bay ??.
Yeah the brown/bay is definitely after he bleaches out if I let him...my first instinct is black and a base coat color (for obvious reasons) I just wasn't sure if he was a sabino or roan like his papers say. His color is quite unique, and it will change with the seasons, I have had him for 13 years and it has always been that way!
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post #12 of 15 Old 09-19-2016, 02:05 AM Thread Starter
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He really looks like a sabino. Does not look at all like a roan -- his head would be solid not ticked. And sabino can account for the high white and the lower-body white splashes. What his base color is, though . . . almost every photo shows a different color. In the first two he looks black. The others, bay or brown or liver chestnut. Are his mane and tail black or brown? Are the fine hairs around his mouth and eyes black or brown?
Forgot to mention - his mane is a black and silver mixture of hairs and his outer tail is the black and silver mixture with solid silver hairs on the inner core of his tail. When we ordered his tail extension we had to get a custom mix because of the prevalence of silver hairs throughout the tail, it is really weird...we didn't want to dye it totally black because it would look even more artificial LOL so we caved and spent the $$$
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Looks like a Sabino to me as well...I'm no expert on that, but...he is so gorgeous! Well, HANDSOME! :)
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My Black overo was Frame/sabino/splash. he had the white in his tail too Splash likes to do that.As for the increased "roaning" look when they shed out in spring I find the sabino really shows more.For him to be a TRUE roan he needs at least one roan parent.APHA has been known to register the sabino type horses as red roan, bay roan etc but they are not!! but they don't have a classification /registration term for actually calling them Sabino hence call them roan...



Here is the increased sabino in the coat at spring shedding. This mare looks just your regular bay after all shed out.only retains a couple small of areas that show that sabino hair"roan" look.

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Sorry, I don't have any good pictures to show our mini's colors. However she is chestnut with sabino roaning (and possibly splash), looking almost like a palomino from a distance after she sheds in the spring. In late fall and winter, she's definitely a chestnut and there is only a sprinkling of the white hairs so nobody would call her roan.


Thus from what our mini does during the year, I'd suspect yours is black or fading black with sabino roaning and most likely splash.
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