Chestnuts have a seriously bad rap. Make it a Chestnut mare and then you are really in trouble. If that is a Trakehner/Thoroughbred Chestnut mare then you might as well just give up on life (just kidding mom) I've got one of those mixes too but in the gelding model. What is it about Chestnuts that makes people turn away, or give you that "ugh a Chestnut" look? We all know the look, most of us have probably given that look at one time or another.
I'm about to explore why I think Chestnuts are the most underrated horses, and why they shouldn't be.
|Dark red William|
Chestnuts come in a variety of awesome colours; red, liver, orange, copper, sorrel, flaxen, light, dark, and everything in between. Not only is there a beautiful array of colours, the colour shade changes slightly throughout the year just to liven things up a bit for you. However, they will always stay that colour Chestnut, unlike a grey who will start out dappled and end up flea bitten to many horse owners dismay. They won't bleach out in the sun like a bay or black.
Chestnuts are easy to name. Red, Big Red, Red Lips, Rusty, Penny, Copper, Fire, Chilli, Tang, Cheezie, Sunny, Sundance, Fire, Rouge....the list goes on and on. That took me less than a minute to come up with!
Chestnuts look better with chrome than any other colour. Ok, this is my opinion, but it's hard to disagree. A Chestnut with four white socks and a blaze is hard to beat in the chrome factor. Maybe a horse like Redwine could rival it, but black just doesn't do it for me personally.
|Ace chromed out.|
Chestnuts are more affordable. For some reason Chestnuts are harder to sell. They are less appealing to some, especially if they are a mare and you add in that "crazy Chestnut mare" factor. This is a bonus for those horse shopping. You can score an amazing horse for less simply because it is a Chestnut. Think about how many people missed out on good horses because of such a silly decision. This could be seen as a downside if you are looking to sell your horse, but let's be honest here. Once you own a Chestnut, you are not going to be selling it!
Chestnuts stay and look cleaner than any other colour. Do I even have to explain the greys? Have you ever seen a grey the morning of a show? Covered in manure stains, needing three baths just to make it presentable. Bays stay pretty clean but that layer of dirt and dander always seems to find it's way above the hair. Black horses show manure, coloured horses too - much like greys. I have found the Chestnuts always look the cleanest.
|Taken straight out of the field.|
Hunter judges love Chestnuts. I don't know why, I don't have any research other than personal experiences, but I swear hunter judges prefer Chestnuts. That is my theory, I'm going with it.
|Not totally deserved...but kicked ass.|
Chestnuts look great in cross country colours. Blue, green, yellow, white, black, purple, teal....they look smashing in them all.
Ready Teddy, Teddy O'Connor, Big Ben, and Rusty were Chestnuts. Nuff' said.
Manoir de Carnevelle, Shiraz, Toy Town and Sapphire are Chestnuts. Nuff' said.
Maybe I'm a bit biased. I mean, I do have three Chestnuts now....but I really truly love them. Would Chestnut have been the colour of choice if I built my dream horse? No, probably not....but it is now ;)
**This post is strictly tongue in cheek, although, I do not understand the colour bias some people have, afterall, a horses greatness is not determined by it's colour.**