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Thanks for the info! I can't wait to see Ferrando either! This is all so fascinating.
Could you upload a current picture of Ferrando? Would be great to see how he looks like :)
I will see what I have for good ones, and I will take some new ones asap(these are all from this summer). He is 5, going on 6 now. He doesn't seem to have any more white than he did but it will be interesting to see his summer coat.
Comico VI Sales Video Dated Nov 11 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V_L_H-qUEc I can't find any information that says he was tested for Gray does anyone know if that is still on the web somewhere?
Here is a couple pictures of Comicio VI in 05
So he was 9 at the time those photos were taken?
Yes, Comico VI was 9 when those were taken
Hi there! My name is Madeline. I bought Comico VI in November 2013. He is doing very well and will be 19yo this year. I just would like to say that he has a lot more gray than in photos I've seen of him when he was younger.
I also would like to say that I actually got to meet one of his foals, Despina, today. She is currently 6yo and doing well also. She is very much a flaxen chestnut color but has some of the "salt and pepper" look in the top of her mane like Comico has. The top of her tail also is lighter than the rest of her tail, so it makes me wonder if she has rabicano in her. Despina's owner actually does live in Australia but Despina is here in Florida, USA; originally for training. I know the owner of the barn that Despina is at so I'll be able to keep track of her as long as she remains there. It will be interesting to see if Despina will turn out as gray as Comico or not.
I was told both Comico and Despina tested for bay but I can't say I know anything more than that.
Here is some photos of Comico and one of Despina - all taken this year :)
So very pleased to "meet" you! Thank you so much for sharing and your willingness to keep us updated.
I found the website of the owners of Comico IV. Here is what they say about the coloring:
"He is a bay horse carrying a black and chestnut gene. His rabicano colour pattern is very rare now, but this type of colouring was very much favoured by the Spanish Royal Courts in earlier centuries. The silver pattern is white and not grey so, although the rabicano pattern gets more extensive with age, he will never 'grey out'. It appears that the expression of the single grey gene that he possesses is being suppressed but currently the geneticists do not know how this is happening. It is known that the rabicano gene is dominant, so he will pass this pattern on to 50% of his offspring."
Here is a link to their site: http://www.gazaro.co.uk/Stallions/StComi...
I don't believe these horses are rabicano at all. Rabicano does not change. Like most other white patterns it is stable (at least mostly) throughout life. He is gray and something is suppressing the gray.
I just copied and pasted what the owners of Comico IV said. I've seen a photo of Comico VI from his youth and he was solid bay. I was told Comico VI was tested and is bay. I do not know about Comico VI, but they should be the same. I do believe they are rabicano though. I was told Comico VI's DNA is: EaAa - I do not know anymore than that at this time. Once things are a little more settled, I will do genetic testing on Comico VI.