Noviero DD - Andalusian Gelding

Gitano MOR x Keberes D (by Granadino XI)

DOB November 11 (IALHA; my records show November 15), 2013, IALHA Reg. # 16668

Noviero has a forever home with me on my farm. His loving, gentle nature and resemblance to his sire Gitano have captivated me since the day he was born. I gelded him due to the fact that I didn't have the fencing to keep a stallion and wanted to be able to enjoy him fully on trail rides and at events without the liability of having a stallion. Noviero is so pretty and he really loves people. He would rather be with me than out grazing with the other horses.

Noviero recently completed a short trail ride through creeks and woods. He was even ridden up to a loose herd of horses. Noviero handles everything with a calm demeanor and relies on his rider as a partner. At the campground, I just turned him loose to graze. He followed me around the truck and stood outside my window as I ate my lunch.

Noviero as a two year old.

WHAT COLOR IS HE? That's all I could think of when I heard that Noviero was born. I had gotten the phone call the day before that Keberes had a colt. Bob (owner of Edgewood/Lanning where my mares get foaled out)said he thought the baby was grey. That night I got to thinking, what if the colt was really black and looked mousey grey all over? He might not be grey at all, he might be the very rare black color I'd been waiting for.

I had tried to explan to Bob that Keberes could have either grey or "not grey" (bay or black) but I wasn't sure he remembered or would know how to tell what color the foal would be. So all night I lay there thinking, what if it's black?

As soon as I got the farm the next day I could see that the colt wasn't black. And he wasn't grey either. He was a deep bay color all over with lighter legs and a black mane and tail. My next concern was if there were any grey hairs. I couldn't see any with the naked eye. So I got out my glasses and flash light and double checked. No grey hairs. That still didn't mean without a doubt that he wouldn't grey (although I figured 99% he wasn't grey). So I pulled some hairs and sent them off to UC Davis. The results confirmed, he was bay and would not grey.

Color aside, this colt had something special and I could tell it right away. The way he stood, the big beautiful eyes, his short back, everything about him said quality colt! A few weeks went by and the colt stayed basically the same color. Then something even more wonderful started to happen, he started to come in very dark bay around his face! Noviero's sire is a very very dark bay, so dark he looks almost black. This is caused by the "sooty" or "smutty" gene which adds black hairs back into the body of a bay horse - making them look almost pure black. It looked as if Noviero had inherited some form of sooty and would be at least a dark bay, if not a bay black. Bonus!

I named the colt Noviero which means "always falling in love".

Noviero's color - dark bay, will not grey. Has been tested by UC Davis as EeAagg. Base color black with agouti gene to make bay. Carries recessive gene for black (a) and also for chestnut (e). No grey gene detected.

Photos below at a few weeks of age.

andalusian colt

Photo below showing the dark color coming in.


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