This page refers to horses that have been DNA color tested and "should
look black", but don't.
We know of several types of "light black color behavior" in horses that test E_, aa, crcr
(solid black with no cream gene):
Some look brown all over, all of the time. (not the agouti color "seal
brown" but the generic color brown -- brown to the eye.)
Others have black points but their bodies never look black, but rather
they look like bays, buckskins or duns.
is the "fading black" classification where the horse grows every coat
(seasonally) pure black, but within weeks or months it fades drastically to
brown or even tan.
Apparently the Appaloosa (leopard) complex genes often cause a lightening
of black pigment.
Some horses with the silver gene do not present with the typical flaxen
mane & tail, and the skin remains a dark shade of pink
This section will concentrate on the first type. Most have blue eyes at birth and in many if not all cases the irises remain
a light (golden or tan) color.
Links to pages about individual "light black" horses are
Below are two horses which have not yet been DNA tested to
eliminate all known dilution genes. Until I find a better
place for them, I'll include them in "light black", here.
A young PRE; picture provided by Celeste Plitz. Apparently there will be
no further information available about this horse, as the source has been lost.
Dutch Draft horse foal:
Above: Dam is a roaned bay, sire is bay. Pictures
provided by its owner, through
Doorn-Komen-Van, who writes that the owners have noticed that:
"The skin around the eyes and anus
etc. was pink at birth, and is turned black
now Also the base
of the tail is turning darker now
"There is a black ring growing on the
outside of the iris that looked to
"The hooves are white, also the hard
parts next to the knees on the
inside are white"
(With) her dam: