Characteristics
Coat Color

The champagne gene is a gene that effects pigments. It changes red pigment to gold and black pigment to chocolate or lilac.

This horse would be a chestnut in the absence of the champagne gene. Notice that all of the red pigment has been diluted to gold.

[Brooke's Midas Touch, Tennessee Walking Horse stallion]

This horse would be a black in the absence of the champagne gene. Notice that all of the black pigment has been diluted to chocolate.

[Jetsmoke N Thunder, Quarter Horse stallion]

The champagne coat often has a distinct sheen to it. This is believed to be because of the unique structure of the hair shaft. The sheen can make capturing the champagne color on film difficult.

[Champagne Look, Tennessee Walking Horse Horse stallion]

Here is another wonderful shot of the sheen that can be seen on the champagne coat. This flaxen gold stallions looks as if he is glowing.

[Pleasure's Pot O' Gold, Tennessee Walking Horse Horse stallion]

 

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