thought, quote and fact for the day 8/7/12
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thought, quote and fact for the day 8/7/12

Quote 4the day: Expect the unexpected with horses each day is different and unique :o)
Fact 4the 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, o...r "black base coat" (E) gene, the agouti gene (A) 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 such as the wild mustang, for example, or just a domestic pet horse, 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: Different horses and ponies bring different challenges. Some its just pure nerves from whatever has happened in the past and its haunting them slightly and just need reassurance and love to see past that and move on. Others it can be that they are too bulshy and been allowed to walk all over people to the point they can scare people. This is also correctable in a calm yet way. Some are born nervous and just need to take things in their own time at their own pace. Each horse is unique and none are the same. Each has a different challenge or obsticle to hurdle in life and sometimes those bars feel too high but with guidance and reassurance the sky is their limit. Listen, watch and learn and help to guide them. After all they rely on us and learn from us lets not teach them the wrong way but the right way...
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