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"A Horse is a Horse: Breeds Common in the Old West " Topic

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP In the TMP Dawghouse06 Dec 2018 3:03 p.m. PST

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ge2002bill Supporting Member of TMP06 Dec 2018 3:03 p.m. PST

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Grumble8710612 Dec 2018 4:12 p.m. PST

Another good post would be about horse colors. I've seen some pretty outlandishly-painted horses by modelers who otherwise do a really good job (on the people). Some education about colors -- and the most common coloration -- would be useful.

von Schwartz30 Dec 2018 4:31 p.m. PST

Well, the most common color is said to be black, but my experience, 16 years riding and showing, the most common colors I have encountered are bays and dark bays (medium to dark brown), and chestnut, with grays or whites next. European breeds used by the military would not be multi-colored like an Appaloosa or a Paint. A lot of variety can be added by adding lighter or darker manes and tails, dark points (usually darker coloring just below the knee to the hoof) and various markings such as socks and markings on the face.

Grumble8710603 Jan 2019 9:26 p.m. PST

Well, the most common color is said to be black

Really? Like you, I would have said bay and variants of bay is the most common color. It certainly is in my ACW cavalry! ;-)

Stephen Miller04 Jan 2019 3:29 p.m. PST

IIRC, Custer's 7th Cavalry in 1876 had one company mounted on blacks, one on Grays (really a mix of gray and whites), 2 companies on sorrels, 7 on various shades of bays, and the 12th (ie, the last company which was commanded by the most junior company commanding offier) mounted on a mix of whatever was left over; I think this was referred to as the "Brindles". Maybe that wasn't representative throughout the Old West, but may only represent what the horse buyers that purchased cavalry mounts preferred at the time. However, I would think that that spread of colors would be fairly representative of what the U.S. Cavalry at least was riding during that period.

von Schwartz06 Jan 2019 7:44 p.m. PST

To Grumble87106, Yeah, I know, I can't figure out where they up with that one, hence my disclaimer.
If you ever use Kronoskaf Project Seven Years War, they actually provide the prominent horse color for the Prussian Hussar regiments.

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