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Brindle Horses
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Bits N Pieces

Brindle Breeding Baby Tally

Results of Brindle breedings can be seen on the following pages:

Baby Tally Page:

Results of the breedings of the AQHA Brindle mare "Salsa" (owned by Denise Charpilloz) to Dunbar's Gold (AQHA Brindle stallion) and FRS Reckless Dan (AQHA Brindle stallion pictured above). Information on both stallions can be seen in the At Stud / Sales Listings / Breeders section.

Ima Star Brindle Bar:

Results of the breedings of the AQHA stallion Ima Star Brindle Bar to various Brindle and non-brindle mares. He is a carrier of the seasonal brindle pattern (even though he shows no signs of striping himself). He has reproduced the pattern on non-brindle mares 66% of the time from limited foal crops (higher than the expected 50%). He has reproduced the brindle pattern when crossed with brindle mares 100% of the time from limited foal crops (higher than the expected 50%-75%).

I am taking him to a stallion station this month, and shipped semen should be available by the end of March. If you are interested in breeding to him at an introductary fee of $500 plus collection and shipping costs, please contact Sharon Batteate.

Book Inspired by Brindle Horses

Sara Gruen has written a book titled "Riding Lessons" in which a former Olympic-level equestrienne is inspired by a mysterious striped horse. The author writes:

"I needed a coat color that was truly unusual, and my search led me to the Brindle Horse Web site.

These are the two horses that inspired the horses in my book..."

and the horses she is referring to are the Brindle horses FRS Reckless Dan (pictured above) and Catch A Bird (in the slideshow). Please visit her website for details about the book and a link to, where it is available for purchase.

Dispersal Sale

I have now updated Batty Atty Acres with the three foals I had for 2003, including links to pedigrees and pictures. I had very good reaults this year, with 2 brindles and one that I am waiting to see if he will develop the seasonal Brindle pattern as he matures.

It is with great sadness that I need to announce that I am selling my Brindle horses. I only have a chance to breed mares during the breaks between quarters at school, and sometimes they don't always come in heat during that break. There have been years I haven't been able to get any mares bred, and in other years I am lucky to get a couple of them bred. I really feel I am not doing them justice, and that they should be in programs allowing them to produce more brindles, instead of standing around and just eating. Plus, I'm sure you've noticed that I can't get to updates of the website with any regularity. Perhaps if I don't have the daily grind of taking care of the animals, I will have more time to process the reports and pictures that have come in over the last couple of years. For a price list, more details, and pictures go to Batty Atty Acres. In the Table - Click on the horse's name for a pedigree. There is a link on the pedigree for more info and pictures.


There is a new registry for brindle horses started by Anita Garza in 1998 called the Brindle and Striped Equine International. She is registering brindle, heavy dun factor, "netting", horses, zebra hybrids, zebras, donkeys, mules, ponies, etc. She says her registry will have a Register of Merit awards program. Contact her for more detailed information at 409-793-4207, e-mail, Anita Garza, 11819 Puska, Needville, Texas, 77461.

Some brindle horses can be registered with the IBHA as "brindle dun". They have had the category "brindle dun" since approximately 1971. Unfortunately they aren't able to produce a list of horses registered as this color since most occurred prior to computer searches being generally available. Visit their website for more information, or contact: (219) 552-1013, International Buckskin Horse Association, PO Box 268, Shelby, IN 46377.

The International Striped Horse Association started by Mary Jagow in 1988 has been closed in March 1999 as per Mary Jagow.

Brindle Horses Slideshow

This slideshow was last updated January 1, 2000. To see if new pictures were added since the last time you were here, you may have to "refresh" or "reload" your screen. Remember, these photos in the slideshow are for informational purposes only, in order to educate people on how variations in the Brindle pattern can look. Most of these photos are copyrighted and cannot be reproduced without permission. There is a link at the bottom of the page to a photo that can be printed out and distributed to your friends if you wish. If you have trouble with the slideshow, the pictures can also be viewed through our Table of Brindles. The photos on the table, even though small, take a while to load because they are links to larger photos, and the larger photos are the ones that are being loaded. However, you can scroll down and read the table, and click on the unloaded photo box to jump to that larger picture if you wish. If it shows the photo as being not found, it is one of the photos I haven't completed yet.

Brindle Horse Slideshow

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You Can Help !

We are looking for other Brindle Horses, or information on the Brindle pattern, for a study. Brindle in Horses is very rare. Most people are more familiar with the Brindle pattern in Dogs or Cattle. If you come across any Brindle Horses, or information on the pattern in reference to horses alive or deceased, please let us know.

Click this type to go to our section of unnamed horses, and click each picture to continue. Please see if you can recognize any of these horses. The first three unnamed photographs were probably taken around 1978 to 1980 by Chuck VanHorn of Cave Creek, Arizona, to make a slideshow presentation demonstrating various colors and markings for the International Buckskin Horse Association. Unfortunately, names of the various horses were not recorded. The next two unnamed photographs were taken of Bavarian Warmbloods in 1989 by Evelyn Simak. If you recognize any of these horses, please contact us.

General Information

The Brindle pattern consists of a watery or drippy looking striping (sometimes just partial striping) over the body of an animal. It is more commonly seen in dogs or cattle. In horses, the pattern is extremely rare. Brindle has occurred in such diverse breeds as Arabians, Thoroughbreds, Mustangs, Quarter Horses, Tennessee Walking Horses, German and Bavarian Warmbloods, Russian Horses, Spanish Horses, and also in Donkeys and Mules.

The first record of the Brindle Pattern in Horses seems to be by J.A. Lusis, in the publication Genetica vol.23, 1942. In the article on "Striping Patterns in Domestic Horses", he details a Russian cab horse from around the 1800's, that was preserved and put in a museum. Reports of Brindle or Brindle Dun patterns from the 1860's to 1870's in the Criollo horses of South America have been documented by writers such as Marrero, Pereyra, Solanet, and Odriozola.

Many people confuse the Brindle pattern with Dun Factor markings (stripe down the back, barring on the legs, and occasional regular-spaced striping down the ribs). At one time, it was thought Brindle was a just a variation of Dun Factor. Indeed, there have been many examples of horses that were probably carrying both Dun Factor and Brindle. However, as can be seen from pictures of numerous Brindles in our slideshow, many do not have any Dun Factor markings whatsoever, indicating the two patterns are probably distinct genetically. Click highlighted type to compare Dun Factor and Brindle.

Brindle horses also have texturing in their coat, similar to that seen in some Appaloosa horses. The pattern seems to be inheritable, especially in terms of coat texturing, but the expression of the darker or more intense pigment to make the pattern visible is highly variable, and even varies with individual horses seasonally / yearly. Sometimes the pattern seems to be composed of dark hair (black or brown), sometimes of white hair (roan or gray).

Information collected since 1990 on Brindle horses is now shedding some light on the Brindle pattern. It now appears there may be two ways in which a Brindle phenotype (outward appearance) can occur. In some horses, the pattern has not been inheritable, pointing to a possible mosaic or chimeric origin, such as seen in tortoiseshell cats. In other horses, the pattern has been shown to be inheritable. However, there could be several genes involved, producing similar patterns (much as pinto/paint spotting can result from several different genes).

The most recent book mentioning the Brindle Pattern is Jeanette Gower's book Horse Colour Explained, 1999, Kangaroo Press, available thru 20 Barcoo Street, East Roseville NSW 2069. Another book is Phil Sponenberg's book on Equine Color Genetics, 1996, Iowa State University Press, Ames, Iowa, 50014. Another good book on genetics, is Ann Bowling's new book Horse Genetics, 1996, CAB International, available thru Oxford University Press, 2001 Evans Rd, Cary, North Carolina, 27513.

Update & Contact Information

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