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The Buckskin Arabian and Other Colored Arabians

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Something not seen in any number before now, the buckskin Arabian is becoming a popular animal in the world of show and performance horses.  One now sees a rainbow in fact, in shades and patterns, and percentages not tried in the past.  Deemed too valuable to breed to half Arabian stallions, pure bred mares were instead bred to pure bred Arabian stallions and little or no thought was given to pinto, palomino, or buckskin mares or studs.  Today this is changing, and changes both good and ill are coming to the breed we love so much.


Buckskin Arabian MSP Stables
Credit: http://www.mspstables.com

Palomino Arabians, Buckskin Arabians, and other Dilute Arabians

As a base color of bay, the buckskin Arabian is one of the most striking colors found in the half Arabian world.  Palomino is popular, and somewhat easier to get being as that a palomino bred to a chestnut will always produce one of the same, and never buckskin.  Dilute black and you get a huge fracas of opinions as to what they are called, which constitutes a true “smoky black”, or if a given horse is a black Arabian or a sooty buckskin Arabian.  DNA in many cases is the only honest decider, as shade alone is a risky bet.


Pinto Arabians, Pintabians and Sabino Arabians

Only two of these mentioned are true pintos, and only one of the three patterns allowed can ever breed true.  Firstly, sabino Arabians are not true pinto, and it is most research supports that it is actually a defect, something proven in the fact that there are no white Arabians and minimal color sabino animals usually die as foals, very few even make it to weaning.  I have never seen a sexually mature adult, and I believe it is unwise to breed them intentionally.   Pinto Arabians, like buckskin Arabians, can be bred together for healthy foals so long as both parents are clear for the overo pattern.  When two over genes are present, a so called “lethal white” foal is born.  Tobiano is the only truly safe pattern to breed together, but doing so will exempt the resulting foals for registry with the IAHA, which means no homozygous true pinto Arabians.  Tovero is possible, which is an animal carrying both the tobiano and the overo pattern, but since each foal has only a twenty five percent chance of being born with both patterns, they are very rare at higher percentages.  A buckskin Arabian can certainly be pinto as well, but will follow the same rules for the production of twenty five percent of all foals bearing both pinto and dilute at once.  The odds are further reduced when one considers for palomino, smoky black, and other things.  


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