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  • colorful Thoroughbred -possible? photo link added

    My dumb question for the week: maybe I have been in hunter land for too long but can a TB be sort of tri-color, sabino, etc and still be a purebred? I have 2 TBs, both bay so colorful is new to me. I found a horse for sale, tall and has the high withers. Owner says he is full thoroughbred ( I did ask if he was a cross due to markings), she does not have the papers. I question the accuracy in that he is quite flashy - 3 colors going on ( black mane,tail.White patches with a dark champagne-like on the body). I thought I knew my colors and patterns but this guy has me stumped.
    Last edited by kbbarn; Apr. 9, 2009, 12:07 PM. Reason: added link to photo
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  • #2
    Yes, it's possible.

    Tri Chrome was a local horse and raised many eyebrows, but he was pure Throughbred.



    I'm sure others will be along to discuss the genetics.
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    • #3
      Lots of uniquely colored TBs here:

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      • #4
        Oooh... I want one!
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        • #5
          Thanks jenm for posting the link to the site for the unusually marked TB's I have on my website!

          I have NEVER come across a tri-colored one though. Lots of flashy / splashy dual coloured ones but never 3 colours in the mix like you can get with APHA or some other breeds, so I wonder if this guy you are describing is in fact a full TB ...

          Any chance of posting a picture of him?

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          • #6
            By "tri color" does the OP mean white plus bay (black areas, brown ares) or white plus buckskin (black areas, tan areas)? If that what she means, then yes there are "tri color" full thoroughbreds. I wouldn't personally use the phrase "tri color" to describe a bay/buckskin with white but maybe a Western oriented person would?
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            • #7
              I have a bay TB with "snowflakes" on his rump.


              • #8
                Originally posted by vxf111 View Post
                By "tri color" does the OP mean white plus bay (black areas, brown ares) or white plus buckskin (black areas, tan areas)? If that what she means, then yes there are "tri color" full thoroughbreds. I wouldn't personally use the phrase "tri color" to describe a bay/buckskin with white but maybe a Western oriented person would?
                Nope, no self-respecting 'cowboy' or any other western person would refer to a horse as tri-coloured, however they may apply that to their collie or other dog. Anyone around here calls them bay or buckskin pinnos (you gotta slur the word pinto) if the beast in question is of unknown breeding, and if they are sure it is a paint, it is a bay pain'. I suspect the tri-colour thing is a yuppie phrase (do they still call them yuppies??) or some marketing phrase set by a wannabe
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                • #9
                  I agree, "tri color" is not a phrase I've ever heard used in the way the OP is using it, but that doesn't mean someone somewhere isn't saying that. I've heard crazier attempts to describe coat patters on horses.
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                    photo linked added

                    nope, I'm not a western person ( although was in my teens, so yes I should no better!) so sorry to offend by using tri-color. I am innocently trying to describe the pattern ( and I have seen people use this term before so just going with the flow)

                    I copied the photo that I received, go here to see and let me know what this pattern is and if it is possible that a pure TB could have it. I still think he may be crossed with another breed but would like confirmation before I drive 5 hours to see him in person. Do not get me wrong, I love the color! I would love some flash!

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                    • #11
                      The picture is very small for me.

                      The horse looks to be buckskin with spash white. Hard to tell from that photo/angle. That is a possible color variant for full TB.
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                      • Original Poster

                        Here is another, I think this was taken awhile ago when she first got him since it is better quality and he is not as hairy. All other photos that the owner sent are VERY blurry so not going to waste anyone's time!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jenm View Post
                          amaaaaazing photos!

                          i love the bay with white "paint-splatter" look like on the very last racehorse.. wow. how neat! thanks so much for sharing!
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                          • #14
                            I hear bay/buckskin pintos/paints referred to as "tri-color" regularly, by western and English folks alike. Maybe it's a regional thing?
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                            • #15
                              Depending on which TB registry it may be possible, but it seems unlikely.

                              Surely a TB that unusual would have kept his identity and papers?


                              • #16
                                It's certainly possible, but I would have serious doubts. That coloring is not at all common in TBs. If he doesn't have papers or a tattoo, I think it's far more likely that there's something else in there. Given his condition, I would be very skeptical anyway.


                                • #17
                                  That ain't no TB!

                                  He really dosen't look like a TB to me at all. Could be a TB cross. Maybe TB x paint?
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Kementari View Post
                                    I hear bay/buckskin pintos/paints referred to as "tri-color" regularly, by western and English folks alike. Maybe it's a regional thing?
                                    It's a 'people who don't really know anything about colors' thing.

                                    Tri-colored is a useless phrase with horses - it doesn't tell you anything about what color the horse actually is. You could call a bay with one white sock a tri-colored horse -there's three colors after all, brown, black and white! My bay tobiano/sabino gelding is 'tri-colored' - so is the amber champagne tobiano TWH stallion I bred my TWH to, and my friend's old dun appaloosa.

                                    Totally useless term.


                                    • #19

                                      he was not in the lineup...


                                      • #20
                                        I think he's pretty whatever color he is.

                                        I have a tri-color English Setter. I would consider my app mare tri-color also, especially now that she's shedding like crazy. That bay really shows during that period.
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