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  1. #1
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    Default Stupid question for color breeders

    Just wondering? When aiming for palomino or dilute... does flaxen mane and tail mean anything?



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    In short, no.
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    Flaxen is entirely separate from the cream gene, which is what makes a palomino (or buckskin, or cremello, etc).

    If you're aiming for a palomino, the only guarantee of it is to breed cremello to chestnut - 100% guaranteed pali. But you can get it other ways too, just not guaranteed.
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    I love chestnuts with flaxen manes and tails, but in the grand scheme of things, it means nada. Zip. Nothing ...

    And even if you bred that chestnut / flaxen maned mare to a palomino stallion, she has no more chance of achieving a palomino foal than the standard 50% of the time



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    And just to throw another wrench into the formula, what appears flaxen MAY be the result of rabacino (kind of roaning). I've got that going on in a young chestnut 2 year old - as he ages, he "roans" more, including in his mane
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    Here are pictures of a Morgengold II daughter that is a flaxen chestnut:
    http://www.bilder-speicher.de/fotoal...p?album=103807

    Morgengold is a son of Malteser Gold http://www.gestuet-falkenhorst.de/MALTEENG.HTM
    who was a flaxen chestnut. It seems his Palomino son has also inherited the flaxen gene as all chestnut foals by Morgengold are flaxen.
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