Description roan suit

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The roan suit of horses is one of the most popular. It is very rare and not in all breeds. Presenting a roan-colored horse was previously considered a manifestation of the highest degree of recognition and respect for a person.

Roan suit of horses

Roan suit of horses

The uniqueness of the view

Roan color is found only in horses that have the Rn gene in their DNA. It plays a major role in shade formation. The gene is passed on by inheritance and completely determines which color will dominate in a mare or horse.

The roan suit of horses does not welcome the crossing of two horses of this color. Experts strongly recommend avoiding such experiments, as the two dominant genes begin to fight with each other.

How does this happen? Roan mother and father are carriers of a dominant gene, which by nature takes precedence over others. But when roan horses are crossed, genes cannot find the ones they can suppress. After conception, 50% of roan embryos die in the womb, the remaining 50% die a few days after birth. The survival rate is very small. Only a few cases are known when babies survived.

Roan horses are a unique and graceful combination of white hairs and main color shade. For this reason, horses have so many color variations. A white tint is present on the hairs of the animal's abdomen, as well as on the neck. Another white tint is found on the head and legs, but in very rare cases. This feature can be seen in the photo.

Special features

The main feature is that the animal always has dark hair. Also, the eyes of a horse always retain a dark shade, regardless of the dominant color. There are rare cases when the eye color is lighter: bright brown or orange.

Hair of this type never turns gray, the color of the braid becomes richer and deeper.

Special signs of roan and suit

Special signs of roan and suit

Depending on the time of the year, the body of the odd-hoofed animal changes its color. The coat can either darken or lighten a little. According to experts, braids, tail, head, regardless of the season, do not change their shade. It is very rare to notice the appearance of the so-called "apples" on the chest of animals.

Hair that grows at the site of a former wound has a transparent shade, but is never white. In this case, any cuts or scars are almost invisible.

Most often, the roan suit of mares is found in animals that have wild horse DNA in their genus. For example, the roan color is typical for the following breeds:

  • Bashkir horses;
  • heavy horses.

The roan suit indicates that the horse is strong, hardy, with well-built genetics. The stallion will be an excellent male for mating.

Roan is not respected in all manifestations: if in the Shire breed it is noticeable that a stallion or mare was born with a small admixture of white hairs, the animals are discarded.


Such animals come in completely different colors.

This even applies to such types of horses as:

  • gray;
  • gray;
  • piebald;
  • savras;
  • Chubarskie.

Further in the photo you can see how rich the color range of this species is.

Bay roan

This is the most common species, found in a large number of breeds that have retained the Rn gene in their DNA. He can "sleep" and "wake up" after one or several generations.

Bay roan horse

Bay roan horse

The main feature of roans is that white spots appear against the background of the dominant color of the bay. Against the general background, the main part of the body has darker shades of brown, and the braid, legs and tail are always only dark.

With a touch of red

Fiery red is also considered a very common color. Its main feature is that, against the general background of reddish color, there are white spots that seem rather pink-gray-white. The head and legs retain the intensity of the base color.

Roan horse

Roan horse

Unlike the forelegs, the hind legs are always covered with strong vegetation, predominantly white. Sometimes there may be cases when small spots are visible on them. In percentage terms, this is only 3% out of 100%.

Black color

Today, individuals of this color are born a couple of times a year. Pride can manifest itself over several generations.

Black color of a roan horse

Black color of a roan horse

The black and white hairs on the horse's body blend, giving the horse a smoky blue-white tint, which is especially noticeable when running. This gives the animal a special charm.

Straw color

This color is also quite rare. The color is often called saline with gray hair, due to the fact that gray hairs stand out against the general background. The main color is dark chestnut.

Roan horse of chestnut color

Roan horse of chestnut color


This color is more common in horses, in the creation of DNA of which forest or steppe species took part. On their body are noticeable "wild" patterns like dark stripes or spots.

Savrasov roan horse

Savrasovo-roan horse

In the photo you can see how beautiful this color looks and how it stands out from all the others.

So, the roan suit is a special color of the horse's hair, which is characterized by the inclusion of white hairs in the dominant color. This is how they distinguish between red-, crow-, savraso-roan horses, as well as bay and salty horses.

The black-roan color is the most popular - horse breeders in every country are looking for such representatives to replenish the collection.

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