Between the Zoo photos and the VERY dutch last name, there's a pretty good chance!
The pasture may not be the prettiest thing ever, but I'm sure that "ideal" pastures are regional, and depend on the person
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I have to agree with JB here, there is something in the coat that says "hey I'm going grey!". I would like to see a good head shot to really tell, as you can usually tell by the head. But there is something to the color that just looks grey to me. Greys can turn a bunch of funny colors as they change and horses that are do not have a dilute base tend to be more of the classic dapple and look grey, but ones I have seen that have been palomino or buckskin get a different color to them, sort of like a dark greyish brown color instead of the real dark then getting light color. Just my experience.
[QUOTE=PaulaJane;5218551]Hi, I'm new to this forum...
I bought a nice filly from a local farmer and am not sure about the colour.
She's black based and I'm guessing a possible smoky black (black, non-agouti, cream) that is going gray (face shows signs of graying in the one photo where you can see profile). Other option would be a very sooty buckskin going gray.
Easy to find out...difference between smoky black and sooty buckskin would be an agouti gene ("Aa" or "AA") in a buckskin and none ("aa") in a smoky black.
Just thought of other possibility....seal brown or seal brown based buckskin (they don't seem to have a name for this color just yet)...either one going gray. Seal brown is a black based horse with a different form of the agouti gene (it tests "At") and it changes the distribution of black pigment to all over the horse but "thinner" than a black horse would have.....not the same thing as "sooty" or "smutty" characterisitics. "Brown" agouti is dominant over non-agouti and recessive to the "bay" form of agouti. Seal brown with a cream is often a very dark odd looking buckskin and seal brown without cream is just that, a darkish brown horse and the two can be difficult to tell apart. Since there's a cream dilute parent (the paly) the seal based buckskin is possible. As far as I know only one lab is doing the seal brown testing.... www.petdnaservicesaz.com and I'm not sure they are any longer...they quit doing all their other horse color testing about a year ago...don't know why. You could test for agouti (a seal will test "A" unless the additional test is done to determine "A" or "At") and for cream.