Yes I am asking again this year LOL. My filly is starting to shed out and it is looking really dark. Where she has rubbed herself bald the hair is coming in almost black. The roots of her mane are coming in dark as well . Her mom is a very dark liver, although she is fading some now that she is out 24/7. Dad is Escapade who is black. I swear if my mares would just foal a black based coat color I wouldn't have to ask. Right now I am 3 for 3 chestnut fillies. I have two confirmed in foal for next year and one to go.
I love dark liver chestnuts. Mum is gorgeous. I think baby may end up Mum's colour too because of the colour of the fur that has grown in under her rub mark.
I'm not sure you can tell if they'll be bright chestnut or liver chestnut from the colour of the early shedding round the muzzle. My foal is also chestnut, I've no idea what shade he will end up as mum and dad are both grey and mum was bay before she greyed out. His muzzle is coming in dark but I think it's just the dark skin showing through rather than an indication that he'll be liver.
I go through the same thing with every red baby (in part because all of my red babies have been out of my lovely liver chestnut mare!).
I find that the first shedding (around eyes and nose, and -- oddly enough -- over scrapes/booboos) often reveals dark hair. Dark hair that means nothing, alas. I refuse to be fooled again. My 2010 filly is doing the same thing but I fully expect she will end up red red red.
I wish someone would chronicle how a REAL liver chestnut foal developed, i.e. when it was apparent and/or how many changes there were before the eventual liver coat stabilized.
Arrange whatever pieces come your way. - Virginia Woolf
Did you know that if you say the word "GULLIBLE" really softly, it sounds like "ORANGES"?
The majority of chestnut based horses will shed out VERY dark that first shed. The most of that majority go back to being normal chestnuts after that first shed. Theres nothing unusual about it at all.