Monday, July 9, 2012

The hunter tapestry

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?
If you are interested in learning more about the genetics of horse color, be sure to order Lesli's brand new book, The Equine Tapestry and check out her blog of the same name!


  1. One of my favorite books of horse unique coloration is "Horses in Living Color" by Barbara Livingston. SUPER neat photography and awesome colored horses! I highly recommend it! :)

  2. Yes! That's a good one, too, and I have featured it on my blog in the past.

    I haven't actually seen Lesli's book in person, but from everything I've read, it will cover different territory--genetics, pattern progression and the history of colors in various breeds. It's worth noting, too, that Lesli's book does not include color photos.

  3. That minimal tobiano pinto is AWESOME!!

  4. I've learned so much about horse colors and genes through model horses!

  5. I love the dappled horse on the first pic, awesome :)

  6. I love learning about genetics and I can be a bit of a nerd about it sometimes. Looking up horse coat genetics tends to lead to a bunch of tabs, and lots of lost time, though, so I try to limit myself ;)