The Dilutes

The dilute genes act on the base colors and provide us with a wonderful array of stunning colors.

 The Four Dilution Genes are:

Cream - CR

Champagne - CH

Pearl - PRL

Silver - Z

Cream on a red base produces a Palomino  |ee CRcr|

Two creams on a red base produces a Cremello  |ee CRCR|
(This means the horse received one cream gene from each parent and if used for breeding will ALWAYS contribute one cream gene to it's offspring.)

Cream on a black base with agouti produces a Buckskin |Ee or EE and crCR and aA or AA|

Two Creams on a black base with agouti produces a Perlino |Ee or EE and CRCR and aA or AA|
(This means the horse received one cream gene from each parent and if used for breeding will ALWAYS contribute one cream gene to it's offspring.)

Cream on a black base with no agouti produces a Smokey Black (the cream gene is "hidden") |Ee or EE and crCR and aa|

Two Creams on a black base with no agouti produces a Smokey Cream |Ee or EE and CRCR and aa|
(This means the horse received one cream gene from each parent and if used for breeding will ALWAYS contribute one cream gene to it's offspring.)

Champagne on a red base produces a Gold Champagne |ee CHch or CHCH|

Champagne on a black base with agouti produces an Amber Champagne |Ee or EE and CHch or CHCH and Aa or AA|

Champagne on a Black base with no agouti produces a Classic Champagne |Ee or EE and CHch or CHCH and aa|

Two champagne genes means the horse will always contribute a champagne gene to any offspring but it does not make a notable difference on the coat coloring.

Pearl is a recessive gene and the horse must inherit one from each parent in order to be able to see it.  Like Cream and Champagne it lightens the base coat color.  It is one of the rarest of the dilute colors along with Silver.

Silver has no effect on a red based horse but lightens the mane and tail on a black based horse.  Silver is very rare too.

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