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More information on patchy smoky creams

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I want to thank everyone who provided links and information on horses like the one in the previous post. I encourage those interested in this to read the comments section, where there are more foals with these types of markings. There are also comments on the Equine Tapestry Facebook page. Because some readers have had difficulty with WordPress comments (or links in them), I have gone ahead and put together a Pinterest board with some of the links in the comments. That can be found here.

It does seem likely that this is linked to the smoky cream color, which is a genetically black horse with two copies of the cream dilution. It also appears that most of these foals either lose the markings with age, or at least lose the strong contrast. Someone also shared a classic champagne foal with similar markings, which also faded with age. Classic champagnes are also genetically black.

This ties in with some questions I have had about how cream interacts oddly with the sooty pattern. I have been assembling photos for that post for a while now, and will try to get that up in the next few weeks.

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Unusual cream dilute

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I have seen a few double-dilute foals with unusual dark patches recently, so I was happy when Jess Aisthorpe gave me permission to run the images she took of her day-old cream dilute filly. The patches on her body are not from being wet or dirty, but are a deeper color than the rest of her coat.

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The largest area of dark hair covers her left shoulder, but she has smaller patches on both sides of her body and her face.

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Her markings are very similar to those found on the smoky cream Morgan, Prairie Hill Apache. To date, the other examples of these darker cream patches that I have seen have all been on black-based double creams. The color on Jess’ filly is not yet known, but she has a buckskin sire and a grey dam with a palomino grandsire, so it is possible that she is a perlino or smoky cream.

It would be interesting to know if markings like these are visible – and a pronounced – when the horse is mature. So far the examples I have seen were all in very young foals. If you have experience with double-dilutes with markings like these, please share them. It would be interesting to see more examples, especially if there are both foal and adult photos.

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