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post #1 of 13 Old 07-20-2016, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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Is this a buckskin?

I am very confused about buckskin and/or dun colored horses. Can someone explain? I did some research but have yet to find an answer.
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Does he have a dorsal stripe?
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Here is link that gives you a very basic overview of coat colors along with a few pictures.

Pictorial Guide to Horse Colors Part 1: Chestnut, Bay, Brown, and Black | Color Genetics

Part 2 describes the dilutes which includes buckskins and part 3 goes into the dun factor.

It is possible for a horse to be both buckskin and dun. The picture you posted is not a good one to decide for sure but I would guess bay dun (I think it looks a little too dark to be a dunskin) because of the zebra striping on the legs but no way to tell if there is a dorsal stripe down it's back.

Hope the link will be able to help you understand better.

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Here is link that gives you a very basic overview of coat colors along with a few pictures.

Pictorial Guide to Horse Colors Part 1: Chestnut, Bay, Brown, and Black | Color Genetics

Part 2 describes the dilutes which includes buckskins and part 3 goes into the dun factor.

It is possible for a horse to be both buckskin and dun. The picture you posted is not a good one to decide for sure but I would guess bay dun (I think it looks a little too dark to be a dunskin) because of the zebra striping on the legs but no way to tell if there is a dorsal stripe down it's back.

Hope the link will be able to help you understand better.
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Those pictures help a lot. He is a dun and like I said in my first post I think a bay dun but if you really want to know for sure you could have him tested for the cream gene. Is he registered and if he is what color are his parented listed as? Only trouble with that is buckskin and dun often get mixed up on papers.
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I'd agree with bay dun, but the frosting in his mane is kind of throwing me off. That's not something you see really in bay duns. That's more a buckskin/dunskin (dun+buckskin) trait.

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Definitely Dun, you can see the solid dorsal stripe and clear leg barring. Buckskins have black points but they don't have those crisp markings, and Duns can be more shades than just the typical tan color.

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Definitely Dun, you can see the solid dorsal stripe and clear leg barring. Buckskins have black points but they don't have those crisp markings, and Duns can be more shades than just the typical tan color.
But, it is possible for the horse to be both buckskin AND dun. They are NOT mutually exclusive.

Like I said, I'd be on the bay dun band wagon if it weren't for the frosting in the mane, which is a very buckskin/dunskin trait (dunskin being buckskin plus dun).
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I'd call him a dunskin, but to know for sure, you need to have him tested.
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Like I said, I'd be on the bay dun band wagon if it weren't for the frosting in the mane, which is a very buckskin/dunskin trait (dunskin being buckskin plus dun).
I always understood frosting to be purely a Dun trait, why would having or not having a cream gene in the mix affect that?

Not trying to be argumentative, I'm just genuinely curious as I haven't heard this before.
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