Silver coat colours

Why test for silver?

Silver coat colours include the eye-catching black silver and bay silver. Black silver horses have a dark grey body, often with dapples, and a shiny white or cream mane and tail. Bay silver horses have red bodies, with dark silver points and pale manes and tails (see illustration).

The silver gene alters the distribution of black pigment but does not affect red. This means that the effect of the silver gene is not visible on chestnut horses or other colours that have no black, such as palomino.

Silver foals are striking: they are born with pale coats, stripy hooves, and white eyelashes. Read more about silver horses or ask questions here.

Bay silver Icelandic horse

Purchase equine DNA testing

Price per horse = sample processing ($40) + tests

Coat colour tests

Base coat colours

$9 Agouti (the bay factor) more
$9 Extension (red/black) more

Coat colour dilutions

$9 Cream more
$9 Dun and d1 more
$9 Silver more
$9 Champagne more
$9 Pearl more

Coat patterns

$9 Grey more
$9 Appaloosa or leopard (CSNB) more
$9 PATN1 more
$9 SW1 (Splashed White 1) more
$9 SW2 (Splashed White 2) more
$9 Frame overo (OLWS) more
$9 Tobiano more
$9 Sabino 1 more
$9 W13 dominant white (Miniatures) more
$9 W20 white markings more
$9 W25 dominant white (TB) more
$9 W26 dominant white (TB) more
$9 W27 dominant white (TB, Paint) more
$9 Roan marker more

Inherited disorders

Pure and part-bred Arabian

$14 Cerebellar abiotrophy (CA) more
$14 Severe combined immune deficiency (SCID) more
$14 Lavender foal syndrome (LFS) more

Fell Ponies, Dale Ponies and Gypsy horses

$14 Foal immunodeficiency syndrome (FIS) more

Pure and part-bred Friesian

$19 Friesian dwarfism more
$14 Hydrocephalus (Friesian and other breeds) more

Various breeds

$14 Polysaccharide storage myopathy type 1 (PSSM1) more

Quarter horses and related breeds

$14 Malignant hyperthermia (MH) more
$14 Hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (HYPP) more
$14 Hereditary equine regional dermal asthenia (HERDA) more
$19 Glycogen branching enzyme deficiency (GBED) more

Saddlebred horses and related breeds

$14 Junctional epidermolysis bullosa, Saddlebred form (JEB) more

Parentage/DNA profile

$33 DNA profile (microsatellite) more

Remember: most breed societies ask members to test through their society.

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