The color names chestnut and sorrel are used in different ways by different
groups. They are genetically the same base color, red. Many experts call a
horse with red pigment only a chestnut. If that horse then is
lighter at the bottoms of the legs, around the mouth, and at the
"armpits" (what come call "pangare", or "mealy"), then they call it a sorrel.
Halam, an Arabian, is registered as a "chestnut",
though his lighter lower legs, clearly seen if you click this
picture, are characteristic of a "sorrel".
Irish Empress by The Scarlet Irishman and her filly by Mr
JB Dude. Sorrels owned by Barbara
Burton; This photo is actual size.
submitted by Pamela House
Sire: Bay. Dam: Bay
Photo no longer available, sorry.
We'll try to get it again.
colt looks "sorrel" in these early pics ... but it's just
"foal leg color"! See him older at the right. Click
these 2 pics for larger ones.
The Holidays "Skippy" ...as he aged, he became a solid
rich brown color all over, making him a "liver
chestnut". Owned by Susan
Farms ...by Holidays Kricket and out of San Star Heidi.
This photo is actual size.
Wimpyschoclatshodown, Dark liver chestnut.
He is the IQPA representative. This photo is actual size. Submitted by: LaDonna
International Quarter Pony Assoc.
How cream genes affect a red (chestnut/sorrel) horse:
red + one cream gene = Palomino
red + two cream genes = cremello
See the color chart or interactive
page for illustrations.