Thanks to the model horse hobby in general and Lesli Kathman in particular, I know a lot more about horse color now than I did twenty years ago.
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Back then, I would have told you that nearly every horse competing at the average A rated hunter show was some shade of bay,
or black.Now I look at that same group of horses and see that not all those bays were created equally.
And that plain chestnut?
He's got the cutest little spots inside that big ol' blaze!
Additionally, I have a much better understanding of how the grey gene works.
I know that this horse...
is a minimal tobiano pinto.
Once upon a time I might have described him simply as a bay horse with a white stripe in his tail!From a distance, this sleepy mare looks a bit like a body clipped chestnut.
However, the dorsal stripe...
and the faint primitive marks on her legs tell a different story.
Of course there's no mistaking this guy for anything but an Appaloosa...
but did you know that it takes two different types of genes to produce a loud Appaloosa like this--Lp, the varnish roan gene, and PATN1 or PATN2, the patterning genes?