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chicklover
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What color is this Paint/Appaloosa mare?

I'm pretty good about knowing colors, I've studied Equine color genetics, but I just don't know what to call this mare. We recently bought her. She is half paint and half appaloosa. She has one half blue eye and one brown eye. I'm not even sure what her base color is. It looks brownish on her face spots but blackish on her rump spots. I was thinking liver chestnut but I really have no clue, lol. She has appy spots on her paint spots, because of the appaloosa so it's especially confusing! 

 

 

We're also thinking about breeding her in the spring to a buckskin QH stud with some chrome. Any clues about what that might produce?

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She is tobiano and something

She is tobiano and something else possibly splashed white in addition to the Appaloosa roaning.  Base color is a tough one on her.  I think liver chestnut but it could also be black.   LP is notorious for playing with base color.  

Without knowing her and the studs exact genetics it is hard to say for sure.  Knowing what we do now any of the three base colors are possible.  So Chestnut, bay, and black but if the stallion is buckskin the foal would have a 50% chance of getting cream so that would add palomino, buckskin, and smoky black.  Then you have a 50% chance of getting whatever white pattern the stallion has as well as a 50% chance of getting tobiano from the mare.  You also have a 50% chance of getting LP from the mare and a 50% chance of getting whatever other white pattern she has.  You may also have a chance of getting a PATN gene from either the sire or the dam.  Since the white covers where a small pattern gene is on the mare she may have one and not show it.  Since PATN only expresses with LP it is also possible that the stallion carries a PATN gene that is not expressed (although unlikely).  

So you have a chance of Chestnut, Bay, Black, Palomino, Buckskin, smoky black.  You have around a 6% chance of getting a "solid".  With the rest being a combination of white patterns all the way from "normal" white or LP roaning to near solid white depending on the genetic throw of the dice.  

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Thank you! This was very

Thank you! This was very helpful. :)