Tuesday, December 7, 2010


As you can probably tell, I am a fan of uniquely colored horses. One color that fascinates me is brindle. Based on what I've read, there doesn't seem to be an identifiable gene yet that is passed on from horse to horse that determines whether a horse is brindled or not. I found that can be exhibited in many different breeds, from Quarter Horses to Thoroughbreds to Warmbloods and can be a dark brindle or white brindle. Research suggests that it may be a random mutation (though one researcher noted that dark brindle seems to be associated with the gene for "sooty" coloring) and when a brindle stallion TB was bred, none of his foals were brindled, yet some of them were roan which is not a color found in TBs. Other times though, brindle can be passed on. In several places, it was noted that brindles can be a result of twin eggs who merged with eachother resulting in a horse with two seperate sets of DNA (Dunbars Gold is one such horse). Interesting. Here are a few pictures of some brindles. I think they're gorgeous!

Reckless Dan

Quarter Horse Stallion

Natal Clasi - WB Stallion

Remark - Related to Jetta!
 White Horse Productions
The Horse - Genetics
Behind the Bit - Brindles

1 comment:

  1. Oh so unique!!!!!!!!!! It's interesting that no horses came out with any Zebra stripes either...now that would be sick awesome!