Thought 4the day: When we can rehome? Each horse and pony that walks through our gates is unique. Never are they the same. Some pass their 6 week assessment with flying colours on their ground work and ridden work (if their ridable). The ones that are not rideable are assessed for ground work and how they mix with others incase they can be a companion. Babies are always worked with and assessed in... their character and manners etc. The golden oldies mostly stay its rare they get rehomed unless some very special home comes along. A few fail assessments it just means they need work. How long who knows! Some are staying for veterinary reasons such as jack as he will be a constant vet bill. We have a couple of others that even though they look and act ready for rehoming yet again its underlying medical reasons that we cannot rehome them at this time if at all. Danny is one at the moment for his OCD. Star (big star) even though partially sighted has a lot of quirks that we are working on and might need help to work on. His still under assessment for all of these reasons. When they are ready then we put them in the album and not until then as there is no point rehoming someone when not ready as they will just come back!
Quote 4the day:
I feel alive when i ride ,
I dont think anything can take me away from it ,
WITHOUT IT I AM NOT ME
Fact 4the day:Basic coat colors
*Bay and chestnut mustangs.
Genetically, all horses start out as either chestnut, called "red" by geneticists, represented by the absence of the extension gene ("e"); or black based on the presence of the extension gene ("E"). Therefore, red ("ee") and black ("EE" or "Ee") are the two base colors. The Bay color is expressed when the common genetic modifier, the Agouti gene works on the Black. The vast range of all other coat colors are created by additional genes action upon one of these three coat colors.
Statistically, the most commonly seen horse color phenotypes are identified by the following terms:
**Bay: Body color ranges from a light reddish-brown to very dark brown with "black points." (Points refer to the mane, tail, and lower legs). The main color variations are: Dark bay: very dark red or brown hair, difficult to distinguish from seal brown. Sometimes also called "black bay," "mahogany bay," or "brown."
Blood bay: bright red hair; often considered simply "bay."
**Brown: The word "brown" is used by some breed registries to describe dark bays. There is a distinct allele that darkens a bay coat to seal brown (At), but it is not the cause of all forms of dark bay. Informally, "brown" is applied to many distinct coat colors. Most often, horses described by casual observers as "brown" are actually bay or chestnut. In the absence of DNA testing, chestnut and bay can be distinguished from each other by looking at the mane, tail and legs for the presence of black points.
**Chestnut: A reddish body color with no black. Mane and tail are the same shade or lighter than the body coat. The main color variations are: Liver chestnut: very dark brown coat. Sometimes a liver chestnut is also simply called "brown."
**Sorrel: Reddish-tan to red coat, about the color of a new penny. The most common shade of chestnut.
**Blond or light chestnut: seldom-used term for lighter tan coat with pale mane and tail that is not quite a dun.
**A dapple gray Gray: A horse with black skin but white or mixed dark and white hairs. Gray horses can be born any color, and lighten as they age. Most will eventually gray out to either a complete white or a "fleabitten" hair coat. Most "white" horses are actually grays with a fully white hair coat. A gray horse is distinguished from a white horse by dark skin, particularly noticeable around the eyes, muzzle, flanks, and other areas of thin or no hair. Variations of gray that a horse may exhibit over its lifetime include: Salt and Pepper or "steel" gray: Usually a younger horse, an animal with white and dark hairs evenly intermixed over most of the body.
**Dapple gray: a dark-colored horse with lighter rings of graying hairs, called dapples, scattered throughout.
**Fleabitten gray: an otherwise fully white-haired horse that develops red hairs flecked throughout the coat.
**Rose gray: a gray horse with a reddish or pinkish tinge to its coat. This color occurs with a horse born bay or chestnut while the young horse is "graying out."