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Horse Color

Posted: Sun Aug 30, 2015 7:51 pm
by PureCountry
Hi Folks, I'd like some input from others as to what I could expect for foal colors from my bay roan stud, breeding him to grey, blue roan and grullo mares. The greys I think have a 50% chance of throwing another grey, but otherwise should throw grullos and roans, correct?

He's been bred to blues, grullos and buckskins before and thrown about one third each of blue roans, bay roans and grullos. Just never had him bred to a grey before. Any thoughts are appreciated, thanks.

Re: Horse Color

Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 10:24 pm
by Faster horses
I heard a wise horseman one time tell a breeder of 'colored horses'..."the only thing that sells better than color is quality"....FWIW...:-)

Re: Horse Color

Posted: Tue Sep 01, 2015 8:26 pm
by Silver
Faster horses wrote:I heard a wise horseman one time tell a breeder of 'colored horses'..."the only thing that sells better than color is quality"....FWIW...:-)


Reminds of something my grandpa (also a widely respected horseman) used to say: "A good horse is never a bad colour"

Re: Horse Color

Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:08 pm
by Chimenea
PureCountry wrote:Hi Folks, I'd like some input from others as to what I could expect for foal colors from my bay roan stud, breeding him to grey, blue roan and grullo mares. The greys I think have a 50% chance of throwing another grey, but otherwise should throw grullos and roans, correct?

He's been bred to blues, grullos and buckskins before and thrown about one third each of blue roans, bay roans and grullos. Just never had him bred to a grey before. Any thoughts are appreciated, thanks.



Unless he's homozygous for the Agouti, Black (E) and Roan genes, or the mares are, you can get not only the grullos and roans you mentioned, but also black (if neither the stud nor the individual mare is homozygous for Agouti) and sorrel. And, of course, those mares that are dilute (palomino or buckskin) under the gray can throw dilute babies, as well.