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Finnhorse colors: Chestnut

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It’s been a while since we dug into different colors on finnhorses, so let’s do that now. Even though “color breeding” has been looked down at, we have to remember that the whole chestnut population of finnhorses did not become so big by itself…

When finnhorse studbook was founded in 1907, the chestnut color was agreed to be pursued, so called Hippos-color. That was because before gene technology there were few ways to prove a pedigree. Two chestnut horses always produce a chestnut foal, so it’s easy to breed. This makes chestnut still the most common color, about 95% of finnhorses being chestnut. Source

The Finnhorse was also bred for decades to exclude all colors but chestnut, and specifically to remove such “fancy” colors as roans, grays and spotted (sabino), which were seen as indicators of foreign blood, though that policy has now changed, as for some particular colors, this might hold true – for example, all present gray Finnhorses can be traced back to a certain gray mare of dubious pedigree. Nowadays all colors are accepted as long as the animal can be proved pureblooded, and many colors are specifically bred for. Source: Ask Jeeves

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