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    Default Pearl horses in the USA?

    Are there any pearl horses in the USA?

    The UK has just been introduced to the first gold Andalusian, I wondered if anyone had bred something similar in the US?

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pearl-...14459992017233

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    Certainly! Lauren Efford of Goldhope Farm in PA and Kathy St. Martin both have perlinos, and other breeders have produced them here as well. There are several cremello sport horse stallions standing in the U.S.
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    I think the OP may be referring to the Pearl dilution (aka the Barlink factor), rather than perlino.

    http://www.horsetesting.com/Pearl.htm


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    If you look for Sommer Ranch Andalusians you'll find the pearl gene somewhere, if I remember correctly some of these horses carry the gene.
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    It is not uncommon...it may be untested for and not deliberately bred for but it is not uncommon. A lot of dilutions can be found together as people didn't really know what they had so the various dilutions were often bred together. That is how many were found to not be what they were thought to be...you would get unexpected results. Pearl, champagne, dun, silver dapple and cream are often found entwined but are each seperate inheritances and affects color in different ways.



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    Of course!

    Barlink is the QH who was first discovered to have that gene, and it was even first called the Barlink gene. He's got several Pearl carrier sons standing here. And that line is just the tip of the (small) iceberg

    It exists here in various Iberian breeds as well

    It's a very neat gene
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    Sommer Ranch sold a homozygous pearl colt to DeJong Andalusians.



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    Pearl exists in AQHA and APHA horses, as JB mentioned. Both of those breeds have Spanish roots so it makes sense that it would exist there.

    Pearl is a recessive gene, which means that a pearl-carrying horse needs two copies of the gene in order to show an effect on the coat.

    Pearl in combination with cream also has an obvious dilution effect that goes beyond a normal single cream.

    n/Prl - One copy of pearl on chestnut:
    http://www.allaboutdilutehorses.com/...tnut_pearl.jpg

    Prl/Prl: Two copies of pearl on chestnut:
    http://www.allaboutdilutehorses.com/...tnut_pearl.jpg

    n/Prl n/Cr: one copy of pearl + one copy of cream on chestnut:
    http://www.mustangs4us.com/New4/cond...earl_small.jpg

    Here is an interesting AQHA/APHA stallion. He not only carries a single copy of pearl, he carries a hidden frame overo gene as well.

    http://www.horseclicks.com/aqha_apha.../horses/283982
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