Well, MsSage, I learned something today.
My favorite horses are the coon-tailed ones. I had never
heard of Rabicano. I did a search and found this:
Rabicano: Rabicano is a pattern that is often confused with true dark-headed roan. The rabicano gene, however, is entirely seperate from the roan gene, though it does create a pattern of white hairs that can be similar to roan. It is usually manifested as a sprinkling of white hairs radiating out from a horse's flank, sometimes spreading across the barrel and onto the shoulder. Rabicanos also have a white-topped tail, known as a coon tail or skunk tail. There is some thought that rabicano may be tied to or somehow related to sabino as the rabicano pattern is often found in conjunction with sabino. Rabicano can act an any coat color.
So I guess the horses I am so fond of are RabIcano!!!
I'm not a lover of roans, per sei, but they are sure popular and
seem to sell for more, because of their color. Blue roans are
especially striking, to me anyway, but red roans aren't as pretty.
And to tell the truth (I'm gonna get in trouble here) I've never seen
a real good red roan. (Ok, blast away--I'm sure there are some
good ones, it's just that I haven't seen any.) Now the coon tailed
horses I have seen are ALWAYS good ones.
A lot of coon-tailed horses trace back to Smart Little Lena.