Horses are beautiful creatures, with a grace and elegance all their own. Each breed is unique, with characteristics that distinguish it from others. The Blue Roan stallion is a very popular quarter horse bred on the top ranches around the country. Those who are not familiar with this breed and its coloring should learn more.
This horse gets its appearance from the combination of a roan color on a black base. This roan gene provides the hose with white hairs interspersed on the body. The combination of white and black hairs gives the horse the appearance of being blue. A rare color like this is not easy to breed because the coloring of the parents must be suitable for the desired result.
For the foal to be classified as this color, it must have a black body, black legs, and roaning. The coat of the foal may not reveal the roan coloring but once the first coat is shed, the roan will be stable throughout the life of the horse. It is not a progressive coloring, getting lighter over the years like gray. However, it can change with the seasons, sometimes being much lighter than others.
A variation of this coloring is called blue corn, which features spots and speckles of the black base on the roan coloring. Corning usually progresses with age because when the horse gets a bite, scrape, or cut, the hair that grows back features the base color, not the roan coloration. Whether they have corning or not, these horses are very attractive and horse lovers pay stud fees of hundreds of dollars for the stallions.
The stallion usually weighs about 1,200 to 1,300 pounds and stands at a height of 15 hands. For those who are not familiar, a quarter horse is a breed known for speed over short distances. It is a compact, muscled animal with a gentle nature. The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) accepts just 13 colors as indicative of a quarter horse heritage and this is one of them.
The bloodline of the Blue Roan stallion quarter horse is preserved by the AQHA. Each foal must have a sire and dam that are American quarter horses. In 2007, seven percent of horses registered with the association were roans of various colors. One popular line comes from the 1980 blue mare Royal Blue Boon, a legendary cutting horse that became the first mare to be commercially cloned.