Ever since domestication of the horse triggered the appearance and perpetuation of new coat colours and patterns, people, whether associating distinct colours with desirable characteristics, or just preferring some over others, have been intrigued by the ways coat colours might be reproduced.
This e-book series provides an in-depth presentation of the fascinating subject of Horse Coat Colours and their Inheritance
Part 1: Genetics & Pigmentation, is about acquiring the tools of the trade. The first chapters, tailored to the needs of horse coat colour adepts, address the different aspects of genetics necessary for an understanding of the intricacies of colour inheritance, and include a discussion of possible causes of variations in shade. Coat colours depend on the presence and distribution of pigments, which, in their turn, depend on pigment cell activity. This necessitates a closer look at the origins and the functioning of these highly specialized cells.