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Snowhorse - Breed reference by Nileiris Snowhorse - Breed reference by Nileiris
If you want a Snowhorse go to this journal: [link]

Table of content

1. Important!
2. Description
....2.1 Background
....2.2 Winter coat
.........2.2.1 Example
....2.3 Colors
....2.4 Crosses
....2.5 Curls on ears
....2.6 Legs and hooves
....2.7 Curls in mane and tail
....2.8 Temperament
....2.9 Purebreds
3. Updates
4. Breed registry


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1. Important! I want to have at least some control over this breed so if anyone has an interest in these horse do not create one of your own. I will try to make auctions from time to time when I think it's needed and if people shows an interest. So don't hesitate to make a comment or note me if you want one.

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2. Description

:bulletred: 2.1. Background: The Snowhorse comes from the northeast of Siberia where it has developed out of the Tundra horse unaffected for thousands of years. This is the main reason as to why the mutations hasn't spread to other breeds.

:bulletred: 2.2. Winter coat: The Snowhorse only have it's long coat during the winter. It consists of two layers. The first coat isn't visible and is the one that protects the body from the cold. It is about 1-2 dm long and straight. The layer on top is long, silky and doesn't collect dust or have things stuck in it. The gene for the long winter coat is recessive and is written out like this: ll. If a horse does not have the gene it's written like this: LL. For those familiar with dog and cat genetics this works the same appart from the fact that these horses only have a long coat during the winter.

2.2.1. Example

Here is a visual example :pointr:[link] :pointl:

The gene for the long coat is recessive (e.g. not visible if there isn’t two copies) so a pure Snowhorse will have both the copies (ll). A non-snowhorse wont have this gene at all (LL).

(The Mustang can be replaced by any other breed, it's just an example)

So it would look like this if you crossed a pure Snowhorse with a pure Mustang:
Father Snowhorse = ll (shows and carries the gene)
Mother Mustang = LL (not showing nor carrying the gene)

Foal = Ll (not showing but carrying the gene)


On the other hand a horse can be 50% Snowhorse and 50% Mustang but both the parents can be half Snowhorse and half Mustang. Which would look like this:
Father Snowhorse/Mustang = Ll (not showing but carrying the gene)
Mother Snowhorse/Mustang = Ll (not showing but carrying the gene)

Foal1 = ll (shows and carries the gene)
Foal 2 = Ll (not showing but carrying the gene)
Foal 3 = LL (not showing nor carrying the gene)


The temperature is important for horses to develop the long coat. Most horses only starts to develop their coat if the temperature has been close to 0 oC for a couple of days (it varies between individuals) and then when the temperature drops below 0 oC the coat starts to grow very fast. A Snowhorse with the long coat gene (ll) wont show it living in, for example, Australia or Egypt simply because the temperature rarely gets low enough for a long enough period of time. On some older horses that has been taken from Siberia the coat can start growing when it is about the right time for it to start grow in Siberia but not the place where it has been moved too.


:bulletred: 2.3. Colors: All colors are allowed but frame overo (Fr/O), champagne (Ch) and pearl (Pr/Prl/Cprl) are not already in the breed so if you want a Snowhorse with one of those colors/pattern you have to do some crossbreeding.

:bulletred: 2.4. Crosses: A horse that is a cross between a Snowhorse and another breed can leave offspring that is allowed to be registered as Snowhorses. See more in the section "Purebreeds".

:bulletred: 2.5. Curls on ears: Snowhorses homozygous with Cu have small tufts on their ears that curls.

:bulletred: 2.6. Legs and hooves: The legs of a Snowhorse aren't fethered

:bulletred:2.7. Curls in mane and tail (Cu): This feature is dominant and even horses that are heterozygous leaves this treat down to about 8/10 (when bred to a horse without this feature) of their offspring. It is unknown why.

:bulletred: 2.8. Temperament: Docile, curious and caring. Thoose three words describes the average Snowhorse fairly well. Of course there are individual differences but a Snowhorse should never be aggressive towards anyone or be unsafe to handle.
Regarding what it says up there in the breed sheet "Can have a mind of it's own when they see something interesting that has to be examined." it just means that you will have a quite grumpy horse with most of the attention aimed towards something/someone else than you as long as the object of attention is visible and you don't let the horse near it. This can be a problem in an arena, a paddock or another small area that you and the horse will spend some time in but otherwise it's not really a problem. Just remind the horse that you're there and they'll go back to whatever you two were doing before. It is not a huge problem and most horses rarely behave like this but it can be good to know.

:bulletred: 2.9. Purebreds: Since the Snowhorse is such a small horse in numbers other breeds are allowed to be crossed into it. The Snowhorse doesn't have a special use or a special built so it all lies in these features:
- Long coat that reaches the ground during the winter (ll).
- A short ("normal") coat in the summer. The summer coat is either straight or slightly wavy.
- No feathering on the legs.
- Between 120-165 cm.
- Natural coloring (e.g. bay, palomino, grey and so on).
- The head's profile is either convex or straight.
- The mane and tail curl in the ends.

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3. Updates

8/4-2013 - Removed the bullshit about them avoiding non-Snowhorses.

28/3-2012 - Made a few changes in 2.5 & 2.7. Also removed the registry at the bottom, the #Snowhorse-Registry is already 8 months old and I haven't been updating the registry in this comment since then.

6/10 - Added "Table of content" and "Breed registry". Also added a link to THIS in "Winter coat > Example".

5/10 - Added an example in the "Winter coat" section.

6/9 - Added a second part of "Temperament". Commenting what it says up in the picture. Also added that there is an auction going on.

2/9 - Added "Temperament", can't believe I've forgotten to write that (short) part :roll:

1/9 - Added the sections "Background" and "Colors". Also wrote the "Important!" note at the top.

25/8 - Added the section "Curls in mane and tail" and added the importance of the temperature into the "Winter coat" section.

24/8 - Added the section "Purebreeds".

23/8 - The reference is uploaded.
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:iconhhorselover96:
HHorseLover96 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
is his breed still active? 
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:iconnileiris:
Nileiris Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, if you want one there are foals for sale in :iconsnowhorse-registry: and most Snowhorses are available for breeding (you can find all of them in the group gallery so you can contact their owners). 
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:iconcopper-viper:
Copper-Viper Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
They almost remind me of Peruvian guinea pigs, the way their winter coat is.
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:iconnileiris:
Nileiris Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They certainly do!
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:iconmoshpikachu:
Moshpikachu Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Åh! Så jäkla söt ras! :la:
Hur kan jag skaffa mig en sånhär?
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:iconnileiris:
Nileiris Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Här finns de som är till salu just nu: [link]
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:iconmoshpikachu:
Moshpikachu Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tackar!
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:iconmuchghost:
MuchGhost Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best horse everrrrrrrrrrr
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:iconnileiris:
Nileiris Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha ha, thanks =D
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:iconchihuahua4446:
chihuahua4446 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
These are awesome! How can one aquire one of these? :)
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:iconnileiris:
Nileiris Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
There are two foals up for sale here: [link]

Or you can breed two Snowhorses, here are the two folders with Snowhorses available for stud/lease: Stallions & Mares.
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:icondarkshadowstable:
DarkShadowStable Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Can I do one?
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:iconnileiris:
Nileiris Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
As is stated in the artist's comment it is a closed breed. However there is a foal for sale here: [link]

I also know that there are several Snowhorses (both mares and stallions) available for breeding.
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:iconfunkypeper:
FunkyPeper Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
It's... FLUFFY :love: I want one :la:
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:iconsaphiraly:
saphiraly Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quick question^^ I had a pic in mind of my Torglis with his winterfur half gone, and just wanted to know, do they loose it, like for example a dog? means whole bundles of hair, or more hair by hair?
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:iconnileiris:
Nileiris Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would say it goes in bundles.
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:iconsaphiraly:
saphiraly Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome^^ Exactly what I had in mind^^ Poor Torglis muhaha
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:iconsls-harpg:
sls-harpg Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
I Love these! They remind me of the afghan hound!

would it be possible for me to make a few?
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:iconnileiris:
Nileiris Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks^^

Sorry, but I want to keep the control over this breed so no creating your own. But there is an auction going on here: [link]
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:iconsls-harpg:
sls-harpg Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
I'll definitely try adopting one than!
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:iconurbanwolf85:
urbanwolf85 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So dang cuuuute:meow: especially those curls on the ears *explodes from the cuteness*
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:iconnileiris:
Nileiris Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I know =D
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:iconlibertypark:
LibertyPark Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so incredibly cute :love:
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:iconnileiris:
Nileiris Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks^^
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:iconhorseloveringod:
horseloveringod Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011
How do I get one? I didn't see anywere how. xD
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:iconnileiris:
Nileiris Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
They are a closed breed so you can only get one from me, I will hold an auction that will be up within a week.
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:iconhorseloveringod:
horseloveringod Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
I know. I will be watching for the auction!
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:iconhorsepoint:
Horsepoint Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
Oh man, that is awesome c: And so damn adorable. It's great that you've put so much thought into it; I'll admit I'm a sucker for genetics. >3> I shall have to keep an eye out for auctions in the future!
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:iconnileiris:
Nileiris Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you^^

Yes, maybe it's time for a new auction soon...
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:iconhorsepoint:
Horsepoint Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
I shall keep an eye out! c:
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:iconmeggzezart:
MeggzezArt Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
would you mind if this was added to the #Andorlance favorites gallery?
we would love to welcome this breed to roam the open lands of andorlance, with your approval of coarse. :)
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:iconnileiris:
Nileiris Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry, but I have to say no.

I don't really feel that Snowhorses fit in amongst the breeds already in Andorlance or even what they would add to the club. On top of that I feel that I will loose some of the control over the breed if I would say yes to your request.
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:iconmeggzezart:
MeggzezArt Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats fine :) we understand.
thanks for being polite about it tho, ive had some people like totally bite my head off and like think i was trying to steal their breed. which i wasnt haha, i have no intentions too :XD: anyways, thanks for the reply! :handshake:
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:iconlivelovedogs:
LiveLoveDogs Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can the coats [summer] be curly ? Or just slightly wavy ? Just want to clear that up , as I am working on the refs I got from your lottery . :)
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:iconnileiris:
Nileiris Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The most common is that the coat is straight but I can very well imagine that some Snowhorses have a slightly wavy coat even in the summer. I doubt that they are ever curly, unless you breed your Snowhorses with American Curlys (which I think would be a very interesting breeding experiment) and bring in the curly coat that way.
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:iconlivelovedogs:
LiveLoveDogs Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay , thanks so much ! :)
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:iconumaraevalarieus:
UmaraeValarieus Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
omg, i would love to have one of these for my small herd. how can i get one?
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:iconnileiris:
Nileiris Featured By Owner May 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The easiest way is to go to this journal and participate in the ongoing lottery: [link]
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:iconjockeyy:
jockeyy Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Student General Artist
how do you get one :) they are so cool!
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TsonianFieldsRanch Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd love one of these beauties! ^^
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:iconponys133:
Ponys133 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i likey i wanty can i have one please they lovely
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:iconnileiris:
Nileiris Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Um, sorry? Can't understand what you've written.
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:iconponys133:
Ponys133 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like them, i want one! can i have one please? they are lovely
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:iconnileiris:
Nileiris Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess you could take one of the ones who didn't find a new owner in my last auction. 1,2,5 & 7 still don't have any owners and since I haven't had the time to add them to my own stable I suppose you could take one of them. Just draw a reference picture for the one you want, fill in the blanks on the info and it's yours :) You don't need to draw the three sketches (unless you want to).
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:iconponys133:
Ponys133 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
okay thanks! i'm gonna look at them now and pick one
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abosz007 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Student Digital Artist
WOW nice breed! also really cool with the curly ears and the long wintercoat :giggle: although...it could be kinda dangerous for them in real life :noes: IF they live in places with much snow, or deeper snow than knee-night, becasue their Long winter coat will be full of snow, and it will all hang on the coat like potatoes on their roots XP like this -> [link]
Thats why they actually left the St. Bernard Dog's furr shorter who where in service to find People in the mountains XP
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:iconnileiris:
Nileiris Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!

I've been thinking about that too and I think that there is something special about their coat so it doesn't get affected by snow or having things stuck in it. I've tried to make this breed at least plausible but since I haven't found any other animals with that special treat most of my theories are about fat or something else their bodies can produce to prevent getting tangled up in things.
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deeohtee Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010  Student Digital Artist
this is a beautiful breed! well done ^^

i would be interested in having one, but i would love a cross breed, maybe crossed with my own breed (basically a mustang but with some other features ^^;)

if you have time, take a look ~~~ [link](Pure bred) [link](Part bred)
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:iconnileiris:
Nileiris Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
There is an auction going on here: [link]
It doesn't end until late December so there is still plenty of time.

You're free to cross them with whatever breed you want but for the moment I only allow crosses with realistic breeds in the breed registry.
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:icondeeohtee:
deeohtee Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Student Digital Artist
oooh they are some very pretty horses ^^

okay, well i would definaatly be interested :D

when you say 'realistic' do you mean atchual REAL horse breeds in this world or breeds that have natural coats, no wings, horns ect?
(because the Nakiaya's are related to a Mustang x Type of Unicorn, but now UNPURE nakaiyas are basically Mustangs but with a finer body... :shrug:
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