Horse Color: BAY
A bay is defined as a red horse with black points (mane, tail, lower legs, eartips).
Bay is created
by the Agouti gene. This gene restricts black pigment to the points
and leaves the rest of the body a reddish color.
Since this gene is dominant, obviously a black horse can never carry it. Any black horse carrying the gene will not be black, it will be turned bay. There has been speculation about a 'dominant black' gene, which would be a form of black dominant over Agouti-- this would mean dominant black x black could produce bay-- but a breeding like that has never been confirmed.
The body colors
of bays can range from a blood-red to an almost golden or yellow
body. Most commonly, however, they are a plain red with dark points.
portrayed bays as being easy-going, mild, and dependable.
The Cleveland Bay is a breed of horse that is appropriately named-- the only color they come in is bay.
There are many different terms for different shades, depending on how bright or dark the horse is. Here are some terms generally used when describing bays:
Standard Bay: Red body with black points; body does not have any black or smutty coloration.
Blood Bay: Dark blood-red color, sometimes almost purple.
Mahogany bay: Brown red, with some black mixed into coat.
Copper bay: Orange-red body.
Golden bay: Yellowish body.
Wild Bay: a bay with minimal black points; usually black on legs only comes up to fetlocks. Sometimes called a "faded" bay.
Seal brown horses are actually caused by the Agouti gene, too, but are considered a different color than bay, because the gene is a different allele than that which causes regular bay (although some breed registries lump seal brown in with bay).
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