Look who came to town...It's my Frosty boy. Forgive the big feet-I just pulled him out of the pasture and haven't gotten him trimmed yet. Ugghh...besides my horses in town needing a trim, I still have the bunch on the river ranch to do. It NEVER ends!!
Anyway, this year I will have both my buckskin and my dun in town to ride. Kinda funny how it worked out that this year Megan is again riding two roans and I finally have my two yellow boys together. Varying shades of the same color. My mom and step-dad had matching horses for years. First it was a pair of bays(with similar markings), then red duns, then palominos, then paints...then more paints. And the funny thing is, they never planned it that way. It just sort of happened.
People seldom call Moon a dun... They either refer to him as buckskin or bay. To me he is a classic dun, as is his mother. Although, my dad tried to be creative when he registered my old mare and named her color as buckskin. Which meant that they had to go back and change the color of "her" mother from dun to buckskin. So then when I registered Moon as dun, it was a mess with the AQHA. Of course, this was all before DNA testing and such. I had to send in pictures of Woofer and Moon and for good measure sent in pictures of Woofer's mom too. The AQHA concurred they were in fact all duns.
Back in the day...a horse was considered a dun if they had a dorsal stripe(with or without leg or wither barring) and a buckskin did not. But that wasn't always true.
Frosty has a dorsal stripe... And is definitely a buckskin.
Moon has a dorsal stripe...
And is definitely a dun.
Now, with all the crazy color names, even I get confused. Dun and buckskin I can handle. For me, it's all about the brightness of the coat color. A buckskin has a brightness to their coat, a yellow or creamy undertone. A dun is dull and has a darker undertone. Start popping in some of those other color names they have come up with and I'm like...uuhhh-huhhh. Good thing I have never aspired to be a color breeder-I'm not creative enough.;) Personally, I don't really care what color a horse is, a nice horse is a nice horse. If I had to pick though...I would say, FAT is my favorite shade for any horse.