[LMB] OT: Horse colours and language (was Counts' colors)

Anke Wehner anke.wehner at gmail.com
Fri Jan 21 13:08:05 GMT 2011

Kevin Kennedy wrote:
> As in I don't spend very much time around horses and horse
> people.  So I haven't had a chance to learn that brown horse
> is a sorrel, this one is a bay, and the one over there is a
> chestnut.  All just shades of brown.

Katherine Collett:
> It's less about the shade of brown than about the accessorizing-
> -bays have black manes and tails and lower legs, chestnuts'
> manes and tails are the same color as their coats or lighter.
> Sorrel is just another word for chestnut.

That reminds me of a report about a conlang, IIRC for the Song of Ice
and Fire adaptation. "This language amazingly has more than 10 words
for 'horse'!" I'm not much into horses, but even I knew you could
easily find more than that in English before ever getting intp breed
names. Reporters...

Afaik bays are just called browns in German, and chestnuts are called foxes.



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