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Silver coat colour, known as Silver Dapple, is a “dilution” or lightening of the black pigment in the horse's hair, resulting in a silvery-grey or even white coat colour.
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Silver coat colour, known as Silver Dapple, is a “dilution” or lightening of the black pigment in the horse’s hair, resulting in a silvery-grey or even white coat colour. It is a dominant trait, caused by a mutation to the PMEL gene, and it is found in multiple breeds. It should not be confused with G-Locus Grey, which causes gradual but permanent lightening of the horse’s coat.
The silver coat colour caused by this variant is most visible in the longer hairs of the mane and tail
Coat colour is an intricate trait that involves a combination of multiple different genes. Testing for a range of different loci will give the most complete prediction of a horse's coat colour genetics.
Pubmed ID: 17029645
Omia ID: 1438