Friday, March 21, 2008

Does This Horse Make My Butt Look Big?: Horse Coat Color

A word of advice: Do not, under any circumstances, let your husband take photos for your blog. This could happen to you.

While we're examining CJ's tush, have a look at these photos and feel free to guess what color the little guy is. The photo on the left was taken at 20 months; the one on the right, at 30 days.

His sire is grulla, and his dam is gray (born black/summer black, or possibly very dark bay). His topside grandsire was grulla and granddam black. On the bottom, his grandsire was black and granddam gray (birth color unknown.) Other horses in his lineage include a bay, a liver chestnut, a blue roan, more blacks and summer blacks, and more grays.

Below is another 30-day photo. More current photos may be seen in this post. A few resources to help include, which does a nice job of explaining the basics of color genetics in horses; Batty Atty Acres' color articles, which include good photos of more unusual colors; and this Horse Colors site, which offers some very helpful photos, if you can put up with all the annoying ads.


Crystal said...

No, not even close.

Crystal said...

So as to his color. From the most recent pictures, I want to say a dark bay, but I am still wondering if he is going to grey out. I'm really curious to see what his coat looks like this summer.

Tamara said...

I can almost guarantee he won't go gray. At nearly two years of age, he hasn't a gray hair on him, even around his eyes and knees. Like Arabs, Barbs tend to start graying very young if they're going to.