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

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Coat colour tests

Base coat colours

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

Coat colour dilutions

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

Coat patterns

$9 Grey ...read more
$9 Appaloosa or leopard (CSNB) ...read more
$9 PATN1 ...read more
$9 SW1 (Splashed White 1) ...read more
$9 SW2 (Splashed White 2) ...read more
$9 SW3 (Splashed White 3) ...read more
$9 Frame overo (OLWS) ...read more
$9 Tobiano ...read more
$9 Sabino 1 ...read more
$9 W13 dominant white (Miniatures) ...read more
$9 W20 white markings ...read more
$9 W22 dominant white (TB, Paint) ...read more
$9 W25 dominant white (TB) ...read more
$9 W26 dominant white (TB) ...read more
$9 W27 dominant white (TB, Paint) ...read more
$9 Roan marker ...read more

Inherited disorders

Pure and part-bred Arabian

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

Fell Ponies, Dale Ponies and Gypsy horses

$14 Foal immunodeficiency syndrome (FIS) ...read more

Pure and part-bred Friesian

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

Warmbloods and related breeds

$14 Fragile foal syndrome (FFS) ...read more

Various breeds

$14 Polysaccharide storage myopathy type 1 (PSSM1) ...read more

Quarter horses and related breeds

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

Saddlebred horses and related breeds

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

Pure and part-bred Akhal Teke

$14 Naked foal syndrome (NFS) ...read more

Pure and part-bred Connemara

$14 Hoof wall separation disease (HWSD) ...read more

Parentage/DNA profile

$33 DNA profile (microsatellite) ...read more

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

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