Thought, fact and quote 4the day 29/12/11
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Thought, fact and quote 4the day 29/12/11

A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient horse walks in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you.
Fact4 the day: Buckskin is a hair coat color of horses; referring to a color that resembles certain shades of tanned deerskin. Similar colors in some breeds of dogs are also called buckskin. The horse has a tan or gold colored coat with black points (mane, tail, and lower legs). Buckskin occurs as a result of the cream dilution gene acting on a bay horse. Therefore, a buckskin has the Extension, or "black base coat"  gene, the agouti gene  gene (see bay for more on the agouti gene), which restricts the black base coat to the points, and one copy of the cream gene, which lightens the red/brown color of the coat to a tan/gold.
Buckskins should not be confused with dun-colored horses, which have the dun dilution gene, not the cream gene. Duns always have primitive markings (shoulder blade stripes, dorsal stripe, zebra stripes on legs, webbing). However, it is possible for a horse to carry both dilution genes; these are called "buckskin duns" or sometimes "dunskins." Also, bay horses without any dun gene may have a faint dorsal stripe, which sometimes is darkened in a buckskin without a dun gene being present. Additional primitive striping beyond just a dorsal stripe is a sure sign of the dun gene.
A buckskin horse can occur in any number of different breeds, though at least one parent must be from a breed that carries the dilution gene, and not all breeds do. Since 1963, the American Buckskin Registry Association has been keeping track of horses with this coat color, and although Buckskin is sometimes classified as a color breed, due to its genetic makeup that depends on having one, not two copies of the dilution allele, it cannot ever be a consistently true-breeding trait.
Thought 4the day: When to do what is right or do you carry on seeing whats wrong? Many things can go wrong with horses and ponies and some can be so little and others major. I have met horse owners that live on a shoe string yet their friend never goes without. Vet bills can be very expensive and not everyone can afford to call them out on a whim or afford horse insurance that covers it. We are very lucky as our vet comes and charges for one visit but sees as many as we need at that time. Shes a great believer in herbs too which is cheaper on our pockets!! I saw a status the other day on a page where someone was simply asking for help. 90% gave excellent advice and others were not so great with the way they gave their answers to the point i saw later on this poor lady who was only doing her best on a shoe string was upset. We should be helping one another not belittling its the same in the horse world. In herds if they never helped each other where would the herd be? Where would the food. water, comfort, communications and learning for the foals come from? We will help all that ask in what way we can. We don't judge as whats the point its for the horses we are here and always will be
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