I registered him as a bay, because in his sunbleached state last year, he looked bay.
But this year, with a combination of old winter coat and new summer coat coming in...Not so sure. Also, a COTHer here who saw him last spring when he was two, before it bleached, said he was a "lovely seal brown."
I can try to get a good picture today of what I'm talking about, but basically he looks bay. With a brown nose. And red hair on his legs at the knees and pasterns, which are otherwise dark. I've been a lucky grey and no-question chestnut owner my WHOLE life.
A couple weeks ago. A couple days before that
Other than those long red guard hairs that will NOT let go, he is coming in that dark seal color. And the red/blonde on his nose appears to be shedding off.
Brown v bay? Also, oddly enough, he is coming in with quite a few white hairs on his rump... And has roaning on one back foot.
Do you know what colors his sire and dam are? That would give us a better chance of getting it right (barring just testing him, which would give a definite answer - I think UC Berkeley does equine coat color tests, not sure on the time it takes to process).
For what it's worth, he could be either brown or bay to me, from those pictures - there are bays with brown muzzles, and browns with black points. If you can get an un-sunbleached photo where he doesn't have his winter coat (that changes his apparent color too) that'll help, too.
His dam is about the same, more "bay-ish," if you will. I was able to snap a candid of her last year with the same sunbleached coat (they had been out together...for a while...). She had the more typical black muzzle, darker around the eyes and ears.
Sire is what I consider a brown. I can only find four pictures of him online, none real great for showing color. Here is one and the other.
Good news, I'm going for a lesson today at the same farm where the dam is, so maybe I can snap something better than the quickie I got last year.
He is NOT shedding those long hairs, not sure why so I'm body clipping in a couple weeks. Which will really throw off the color, at least for a while.
I was told yesterday that PetDNAServices is no longer doing ANY horse testing....have not had time to verify. IF that is inaccurate they are the only place doing testing for the "At" form of the agouti which makes brown rather than bay as the "A" form does.
I went back to the Pet DNA site and as of Jan '12, the update is that they were bought by Diomics Corporation, but right below it still has the info on them being the only place that does brown testing.
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