Sooty or Smutty Horse Coat Color Modifier
Thought to be a form of natural camouflage, the sooty or
smutty gene causes black hairs to grow mixed into the body coat
(generally concentrated on the topline & points).
This often results in counter shading, dappling and in rarer cases brindle or dun type striping.
Sooty or Smutty Modifier
This modifier can display a seasonal effect, often seen in lighter animals affected by a creme dilution which display darker striping and shading certain times of the year. There is speculation about whether this is related to the primitive striping found in duns as well as dark bays, liver chestnuts and dark palominos. Sometimes the shading can actually conceal the animal's original color. Sooty buckskins can be mistaken for duns, dark bays and even black animals.
Quick Sooty Facts
- Modifiers darkens color from the topline down
- Can cause brilliant dapples
- Can darken coat uniformly
- Also called countershading or coloring modifier
- Can express itself in smudges, patches, stripes, spots or dapples
This coloring can be found on both
chestnut and black bases (yes, that includes Bay)
Although for obvious reasons, darkening of the coat only has a visible affect on variations of bay & chestnut animal.