Dunalino   Leave a comment

I’ve been meaning to add this mare to my Unusual Colors collection, but today was the day I happened to walk by with my camera.  At first glance, she looks like a palomino with a rather dirty tail.

If you look more closely, though, you can see she has some things a true palomino doesn’t have.  A line down her back, for one thing, and a harder-to-see blotch across her shoulders.

It takes a really close look to see the faint striping on her legs.

All of these mean that she carries two genes for color; the dilution gene which lightens color and produces palomino, and the dun gene which is the most primitive horse color.  So, of course, someone came up with “dunalino” to describe this color.  It’s attractive, but not as spectacular as a true palomino can be.  And it’s a nice addition to my color photos.

Today is Halloween, of course, but we aren’t likely to get any trick-or-treaters.  In fact, we’ve never had any.  I guess coming down that long road in the dark would be just a little too spooky.  I have seen a devil and an Indian ride by, so someone must be doing a horsy costume party somewhere.  A horse on your doorstep would be a little too much for most people.

Posted October 31, 2012 by stablewoman in Horses

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