The color issuereally isnt important in the long run! A good horse is a good horse, no matter what the color! And dispite the old wise tales the color of a horse says little about it's health.
But the truth is that the color of a horse can effect it's value.
And so I wonder at the motive behind the results of a little experiment I ran this evening...
I entered a dreamhorse search for a:
3 year old or over, BLUE ROAN AQHA or APHA horse.
This yielded 151 results.
The first page of the results showed 30 horses.
Of those 30 horses:
Only 10 appear to be TRUE BLUE roans. A true blue roan is a black horse with a roan gene. The do not have brown noses or a rose hue to their body. They have black legs and black faces.
10 appear to be BAY roans. A bay roan is a bay horse with a roan gene. These horses have black legs, a brown hue to their body and usually dark heads with brown noses.
4 appear to be GRAY. A blue roan does not have roaning on his face, especially not between the eyes (excluding a star or blaze.)
6 appear questionable...the pictures do not show enough to tell one way or the other but I highly suspect that they are not true Blue Roans.
All of the pictures in this post are from the first 30 of my search results.
More on this coming up next!