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Home First Posted Mar 5, 2008
Jul 25, 2010

Horse Color Information (Genetics)

There was an excellent web site, http://www.equinecolor.com/color.html, which is not operational any longer. The following is a direct quote from the beginning of that site.

"All colors are a result of at least 16 known factors that interact to produce each unique color and pattern. There are only two colors that all other colors are built off of. These are Black and Chestnut. Every horse, of every breed, will have a Black or a Red (Chestnut) base coat, regardless of it's physical appearance.

The main key when learning about color is to ignore the white. White is not important when determining the colored parts of the horse. This is because the colored parts and the white parts are not related and the genetic control of one has nothing to do with the genetic control of the other. The only time white becomes important is when you are determining if the horse has a white spotting pattern..."

I am leaving this quote because it is interesting to know and will help in the coat color breeding process.