Thought, fact and quote for the day 30/9/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 30/9/12

Quote 4the day: Hold those dear to you close and your horses even closer..
Fact 4the day: Buckskin is a hair coat colour of horses; referring to a colour that resembles certain shades of tanned deerskin. Similar colours in some breeds of dogs are also called buckskin. The horse has a tan or gold coloured 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 Extensio...n, or "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 colour 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 colour, and although Buckskin is sometimes classified as a colour 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: Sometimes in life one thing that we think maybe what we want or adjust to changes out of your control and then something unexpected happens.. if only this was the case when horses are sold on? Yes i know quite a few go to loving homes and have a wonderful life but i am afraid is not like that for them all as we are all aware. Some are simply a machine that will take the person hi...gher in whatever they are competing in be it dressage, show jumping, eventing or anything else.. Horses should be seen as a friend/companion first, Then they should be respected and loved and recieve the best care that they can ever possibly get... time to settle is another one for me as they don't just walk in a yard and go 'oh ok this is good ok lets go!' Finally if you do ride them its a huge bonus. Being one and learning to be one and to gain their trust, confidence and respect back will lead to them loving you and being your forever friend..
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