have some champagne

When I was a teen, my cousin kept a pony, A 12 hand mare named Sandy, at our place, who looked like this…

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Her eyes looked like this…

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Lighter, more golden, or honey colored brown, and her skin was decidedly freckled.

No one knew what to call the color (a visitor misidentified her as a palomino). I thought of her as a dilute dun.

Dun is a whole ‘nother gene…

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Palomino is a whole ‘nother gene… (cream gene on chestnut)…

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Two of those genes make a cremello (nearly white)…

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On bay cream creates buckskin (1x) or perlino (2x)…

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Since cream only affects red pigment, it has no effect on black… unless you have a double dilute (2 cream genes… then a black horse is a white horse…

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But I digress…

WHAT IS THIS?!?!?

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Champagne. A separate modifying gene that turns basic colors into golds, pewters and silvers. I quote a description of a Rocky Mountain champagne horse…

It is shiny, silky and very smooth with an iridescent sheen that is the result of the hollow hair shafts found in all Champagnes

On bay: amber champagne… (looks like dun or buckskin).

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Sable roan champagne; sable champagne is a seal brown base. Roan is an added gene that mixes white hairs with the base color.

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Silver, classic, champagne Rocky Mountain Horse… “Champagne Troubador”

Image result for champagne horses Trou Rightside

I’ll let his owners describe this set of genetics here:

http://www.qvmountainhorses.com/horses/trou.htm

He is black with the champagne gene (classic champagne) and the silver gene which usually gives you this…

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The wild varieties of foals he can produce are explained on his page, there, in that link.

Trou looks a great deal like our Sandy, who might also have had other modifiers like cream or silver.

Amber champagne looks like palomino…

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but is caused by a whole other set of genetics.

Of course, any horse can combine several modifiers, cream, champagne, silver, to create something odd…

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um, no, don’t need you guys, thanks…

(grulla/black dun and silver dapple)(I have a stuffed plush and a stick horse this color)

gold cream (gold champagne, cream gene)

amber cream (amber champagne, cream gene)

silver dapple gene on bay (silver bay); the silver gene only affects the black in the mane, tail and lower legs

Sable cream: seal brown, cream, champagne

classic cream: black, cream, champagne

Oh just check these out…

http://www.ichregistry.com/cream.htm

http://www.ichregistry.com/colors.htm

 

 

 

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