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Miniature Horses and Tunis Sheep

The Black Gene

Black Color in Miniature Horses

And variations thereof:

Black | Dense or Non-fading Black | Smoky Black | Grullo | Black Tobiano | Black Overo | Black Appaloosa | Silvered Black (Silver Dapple) | Greyed Black | Black (Blue) Roan

A true solid black is one of the rarer, though popular equine colors.


FADING AND DENSE BLACK

BLACK  "B- E-" DENSE BLACK "B- Ed-"
Black Black

Note sunburned color

Note jet black color
   


Many modifying genes produce various shades of black horses. Just as we saw on the red and bay horses, the cremello gene is a popular one.

 SMOKEY BLACK & SMOKEY CREAM

SMOKEY BLACK
"B- E- CRcr
SMOKEY BLACK
"B- E- CRcr
Black Cream - Smokey Black Smokey Cream

Note off-black color, they usually have lighter hair inside the ears.

 



Genes like the dun gene produce lineback grullos. The dun gene is very similar to the cremello gene in that it dilutes the coat color but not the point color, it works better on eumelanistic colors than the cremello gene does.Some great dun and grullo photos are at http://www.dilutes.iinet.net.au/Duns.html  

 BLACK DUN or GRULLO

GRULLO  "B- E- D-" GRULLO  "B- E- D-"
Grullo Grulla dorsal stripe

Note darker head, mouse grey

Note dorsal stripe

   

Though there are a lot of similarities, don't confuse a grullo with a blue roan or grey.








BLACK/BLUE ROAN or GREY

BLACK ROAN
"B- E- Rnrn" (RnRn is lethal)
BLACK GREYED
"B- E- G-"
Blue Roan Black Greyed
Note dark, "normal" base color on head Note greying of the color on head
   


And one that confuses many Miniature Horse breeders -- the silver gene with black produces a color that most identify as "grey" with flax/white mane and tail. Breeders must learn to identify this color if they will ever be able to predict the colors of their foals. See illustrations:

SILVER BLACK (Silver Dapple) VS. GREY

SILVER DAPPLE "B- E- Z-" BLACK GREYED "B- E- G-"
Black Silvered Black Greyed
Note typical shadings on head
and dapples on body, the mane
and tail will always be silver
Note consistent grey color on body and head, mane and tail can be any shade of black to silver

 


Pinto Genes

The tobiano and the overo genes that produce the very popular black pintos. There are other genes that result in pintos like the sabino and splash, but usually they are in combination with the tobiano.

BLACK TOBIANO & BLACK OVERO

BLACK TOBIANO "B- E- T-" BLACK OVERO "B- E- On"
Black Tobiano Black Overo
Note black on solid areas  Note black on solid areas 
   



BLACK WITH APPALOOSA PATTERNS

The appaloosa pattern genes are more complicated than we choose to go into at this time on the website.

BLACK APPALOOSA
BLACK APPALOOSA
Black Appaloosa Black Leopard Appaloosa
Note black on solid areas  Note black on solid areas 
   
   


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