A reader sent a comment and referred to The Equine Tapestry blog (linked here).
So, I looked it up. And to my delight, it is all about equine color!
I am fascinated by color, color patterns and genetic colors in horses. I’m probably fascinated because my chosen breed, The Morgan Horse, has no color variation – until recent years of breeding for color.
BREEDING FOR COLOR.
As an aside, don’t get me started on breeding for color…
Take the Morgan Horse for example. The Morgan is a breed that for all of its existence has had no color variation. Now, Morgan breeders are trying to extract color from the Morgan. To me, it is reckless to breed for color without considering soundness or temperament. It takes generations and generations of very contemplative research to ferret out color AND conformation in a solid breed.
To me, the prime example of color and soundness integrity in creating a never before color in a non-colored breed would the the Scripps Miramar Spotted Saddlebreds (no affiliation). Michele MacFarlane’s mother spent years culling the tiny white hairs on her most genetically gifted horses and crossed them with the most gifted mate.
It took YEARS to create the fine examples of colored and exceptionally fit and sound Saddlebreds.
I’d rather see breeders – and I was one – breed for good feet or sound hips instead if color; unless they had absolute dedication to the program and also had homes for all of the ‘trial’ babies that are born out of the color experiment.
(Stepping off of my soapbox…)
ANYWAY, ONWARD ABOUT COLOR!
Having said all of that, I am fascinated by color, as it happens naturally. And, I think others are interested in this genetic science as well!
If you read THE EQUINE TAPESTRY BLOG, you will learn that the author is an artist who paints horse sculptures.
In her effort to get the color patterns correct for her artwork, Lesli Kathman began researching color patterns… and her passion began!
Soon, she was consumed with this little known science. She had to gather as much information as possible.
And, she gathered enough for a book series on the subject!!
Here is the outline for the book and her workplace, which I found honest and charming.
EXCERPTS FROM THE EQUINE TAPESTRY BLOG
GENETIC TESTING FOR YOUR COLORED HORSE?
I came across another part of The Equine Tapestry blog which is all about color testing and mutations. If you have an unusual horse or know what all of these ‘types’ mean and want to add your horse, please write to her and submit your horse! Or, just read more, here.
BUY THE BOOK HERE (no affiliation)
You can buy the book here!