New breed color charts

These were given as handouts at the BOYCC presentation, and are now up on the studio website as PDF files.  The first one is a complete overhaul of the old “color chart” that I have published annually for some years now.  The second one is a previously unpublished set of charts using the same format, but with less common (to most American horsemen at least) breeds.

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7 Responses to New breed color charts

  1. Jacqueline Ferrigno September 1, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    I wasn’t sure where to put this. I had sent you an email about something in your articles a few days ago, but I’m not sure if you received it. Unfortuntally I have another question, which I hope you could explain.

    In your charts you have cream listed as Not Present in the Kathiawari/Marwari breed, however I have seen a number of photos online of Cream dilute horses who are called Marwaris. Is this a purity issue in the breed, or something else?

  2. The Equine Tapestry September 2, 2011 at 6:42 am #

    You can always comment on the posts, even old ones, and it pings my email. I am sometimes really behind in responses, especially if there has been a lot of activity on a current thread (I get a lot more private messages than public comments) so sometimes responses are slow.

    The Indian breeds are much more accurately thought of as a landrace. There has been an effort recently to start recording them in a formal registry, but I’m not sure how successful that has been. Often in countries that do not previously adopted western-style public stud books are slow to accept the practice. (Just as a hundred or so years ago western breeders were slow to accept the idea that they needed to pay someone to list their horses in some book!)

    Landraces are a bit difficult to assess in that regard. You don’t really have to worry about “purity”, at least not the way we would think of it, but finding what is there involves a lot of looking at pictures. With formal breeds you at least have records that can (usually!) be accessed and searched, which can tell you were to look to find possible oddities. With landraces it is usually just dumb luck to find what is there. That’s why those breeds get updated on the charts – a LOT. In fact the Marwaris just got changed to reflect the probability that dun was there, based on pictures that surfaced right as I was going to press with the new version.

    So if you would send links to the creams so I can see them, I’d be happy to update them again. I update and re-release the charts at the end of each year, with the changes in red so folks can find them easily.

  3. Jacqueline Ferrigno September 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    I’ve been recently researching genetics for a online sim game. Your charts have been a great help, but I have also found some interesting pictures of breeds online. For example, found a breeder with minimal splash pattern Rocky Mountain horses, who also provided their registration papers. Should I email them to you, or post them here for your next update?

    • The Equine Tapestry September 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

      Either way works! I’d love to see it. I have seen at least one classic splash pattern on a MPH, but they could not register her due to the rules at the time. There is a spotted Mountain horse registry now, though, and I know people interested in conservation of the Mountain breeds were urging the various registries to at least allow the crop-out mares in so they didn’t lose unnecessary numbers.


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