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post #11 of 49 Old 09-02-2010, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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Oh there are tons of myths. The most popular one I've heard is "red heads" (chestnuts that is) are crazy. Or the "chestnut mare" syndrome, that indicates chestnut mares are hot and spirited, and more unpredictable than most horses.

Well, none of them are really true. That being said, funny enough all the chestnut mares I have known have been a little kooky! And I've known some nutty chestnuts, but I have known just as many calm chestnuts.

But.



My boy is black (okay, he's bleached to a yucky orange right now, but he IS naturally black), and he's never licked. He licks his lips when he thinks I have a snack for him though! ;)


Never heard this, but the red roan I knew as a child actually had a fairly light winter coat. The roaning may make it appear to be fuzzier though.


I've heard it, but I don't think it's true. I've known a lot of sloooow, lazy sorrels.


I've never heard that. Or course, "white" is technically not a real color, unless you want to count dominant white, which is the only "true" white horse. Grays though...all I've known have backed fine, and the one I knew who was in training learned pretty easy.

Another one I just remembered hearing was the black horses are super-spirited. I guess that's a stigma that comes from stuff like The Black Stallion and movies with "dreamy" black horses. I've only known a couple of black horses in my life. One I didn't know that well, but she seemed to be fairly mellow in temperament, not super hot headed. And my Jack is definitely not a deadhead, but I would not call him hot or super-spirited. I think he's got a lot of personality and he's somewhat pushy, but he's very motivated. I think he just gets more studly (although he's a gelding) rather than spirited or hot. Or am I just making excuses for him? ;)

I've heard Appaloosas are sweet and that Cremellos/Perlinos are hard to handle.
I made those ones up for examples

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Oh. LOL

Greys are prone to cancer because of the soild black skin? That can't be right, greys are not the only horses with black skin. And not all greys are solid - you just can't see their white markings if they are "whited out" entirely.

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I've heard the one about the white feet, white hooves are supposed to be softer. Ironically the horses I know w/ the best/stongest feet where mother and son and had 3 white feet each, and the horses I knew w/ the weakest feet where mother and daughter and had all black feet. Also ironically my dad's horse has 3 whites and recently got a trim, his dark hoof has been abit tender on the gravel since, white feet are fine.

Also heard stuff about blue eyes, blue eyed horses are crazy, have vision problems, can't be out in the sun w/out squinting, etc.
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When i was young i heard "horses with blue eyes are crazy, stay away from em" quite a few times
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Gray horses jump higher. Not a myth, pure fact...

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post #16 of 49 Old 09-03-2010, 12:27 AM
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Gray horses jump higher. Not a myth, pure fact...
That's easily proved false. The horse that holds the record for highest jump was not a grey!

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Oh. LOL

Greys are prone to cancer because of the soild black skin? That can't be right, greys are not the only horses with black skin. And not all greys are solid - you just can't see their white markings if they are "whited out" entirely.
Grays are more prone to getting melanomas, not skin cancer. The melanomas can be cancerous and depending on the placement of the melanoma can be deadly but in most cases they are perfectly harmless. Grays get them because as they age, the melanin that made their hair black/non-"white" when they were born leaves the hair follicle (turning their hair white) but still needs somewhere to go so instead of going into the follicle, the melanin forms a tumor. So basically, melanomas are tumors of pigment. It's pretty rare for a gray horse over the age of 20-25 not to have a melanoma somewhere on his or her body. It's only an issue though if they grow too fast or if they're in a bad spot.

At least, that's how it was explained to me, I'm no vet.

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I've heard the one about chestnut mares too. I'm inclined to believe it too cuz I've met quite a few and they were all a little...questionable. Sweet but questionable.

Here's a link to something Arabian horses and their colors. The Arabs had very specific neat beliefs about what a horse's color meant.
for fun... good and evil signs... Arabian horse lore - Arabian Breeders Network

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the one about the 'one sock, buy 'em' one... What if the horse has no socks?!!?!! Lol!
I've always heard chesnut mares are crazy.... But I've known a few normal ones....
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Don't buy a sorrel! My grandfather lived by that rule. Never owned one and neither did I for fear of being skinned alive. No idea why - I never thought to ask. So, never have been interested in sorrels or thought they were pretty.

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"Four white socks and a snip on his nose, tan his hide and feed him to the crows."

Terrible yes, but it's the myth or soft feet basically.

"Chestnuts are the bravest of all horses."

Egyptian thing with their Arabs. They also say that all chestnut horses were carved by the winds of the god and the lords of the desert or sething like that.
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