Yukon Horses and the silver dilution

The Ice Age “Yukon Horse” (Equus lambei) is sometimes mentioned when speaking about the silver dilution in horses. In 1993, remains of a 20,000 year-old Yukon Horse were found by miners digging with a backhoe at the Last Chance Creek near Dawson City, Alaska. Although only a portion of the horse was recovered, the hair on the leg and back were preserved, along with a portion of the mane and tail. Because the body color was paler than the legs, but the mane and tail were blonde, some have speculated that the horses may have been bay silvers – or perhaps something like bay silver.

To my knowledge, the remains have never been tested for the silver gene. I did run across this video, though, which has a number of detailed shots of the remains. I found it particularly interesting that there was a dorsal stripe, since that had not been mentioned in any previous information I had encountered. (I should have assumed it was present, given that dun is believed to be the ancestral color of horses, but it was interesting to see it nonetheless.)

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5 Responses to Yukon Horses and the silver dilution

  1. ilovehorses.net (@ilovehorsesnet) June 5, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    Lovely sculpture and finishwork. Do you know who did it? I can’t seem to find the person behind Creek Valley Critters.

  2. Rebecca Turner June 5, 2012 at 1:19 pm #

    its says artwork by Aud Fischer.. really beautifully done! Id love to know more about the artist too.. I love how stye painted it also… really nice.. and very interesting.. I didn’t know that donkeys had the ridge above the eyes.. that will help me if I sculpt one again! thanks Leslie.. very interesting!

  3. Lisa Shepard June 8, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    I typed in “Art Show Aud Fisher creek valley critters” and found a really nice youtube video of some of the work, it tells about how some of the pieces are made. Very nice, and inspiring! Thanks Leslie for helping us learn! (Or should I say, doing all the hard work for us!)

  4. Threnody June 9, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    Very awesome and interesting! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Sarah August 27, 2014 at 11:41 pm #

    Cool! Spanish mustangs also are supposed to have eye “hoods”. It is interesting that a pre-domestic horse had a falling mane and such a pronounced concave face.