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Thanks, Heidi! I will look it up. Yes, I've been horse-crazy since about 8 years old and then never got to have a horse, but I sure enjoy reading about them. I've also been fascinated by genetics for years, so it a subject of double interest to me. Thanks!
Spam... I highly recommend a book called "Horse Color Explained", by Jeanette Gower. You can get it on Amazon. It's THE best book written on horse colors.
I can't explain what I think those horses are without at least seeing them. There are so many genetic possibilities, but cremello is the most likely.
Oops--I should have said smoky cream--that's the double dilute. The horse looks very much like the stallion at
labeled "CHANCE BY MOONLIGHT - AQHA Cremello Stallion" except that the one I saw is a slightly warmer color (but just as light) and the mane is the same color as the body. Any thoughts?
Thanks! I have not heard of the taffy gene--I'll have to go look it up! I've also wondered the color of another horse I drive by occasionally. S/he is a *very* pale gold, but her mane and tail seem to be the same as her body color. I've read that this can still fall under the palomino coloring, but I've wondered if it's not perhaps a double dilute. It does not have the washed-out look of a cremello, but I've seen a picture of a smoky black (a black double-dilute) that was sort of pale yellow in color.
It's hard to tell without knowing the parentage of this horse, but it looks like a composite of several different colors. The background is chestnut, and it appears to have both the taffy and the dun genes. Taffy is the gene that can produce silver dapple, among other colors.
Yes, she is! :) Heidi, I actually came to ask your expert opinion. I was recently studying equine color genetics, especially dilution genes. I thought I had a pretty good handle on it until I came across this photo on Weather Underground:
At first glance it looks like a palomino, but then I saw the dark hairs on the lower part of the tail. The only gene I remember doing that is the silver dapple, but it does the opposite of this: washes out the mane and tail so that they are dark at the base and light through the rest. This is the opposite effect. Also, this horse has a dark nose and dark around the eyes.
Here is another picture of the same horse:
If you can explain this for me, i would really appreciate it!
Beautiful, love her coloring.
She is lovely.