Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Western Massachusetts
I've told this story before, but my brown mare and a sorrel overo mare were grazing together and my neighbor asked "is yours the brown one?" He meant the sorrel overo because she IS, is crayon colors, brown (with white splotches). My horse to him looks "black".
Did I say, "How ignorant you are! The lighter colored horse is genetically red, or chestnut, because both her alleles on the E locus are recessive, and the darker colored horse is a dark expression of bay, with the A modifier of black probably heterozygous Aa, as one can surmise by her lighter muzzle and flanks."
No. I said, "Mine is the black horse."
If I see a whitish horse out in the field I don't know I would ask, "who's that light-colored mare out there?" There are so many different ways of turning a horse's coat white. But "white" isn't the name of any of them.
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