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Champagne is a rare dilution gene with some interesting properties. It can turn a red horse golden similar to the cream gene, however it affects both red and black pigment equally. It also dilutes the skin of the horse to a freckled pink, which can cause a unique purplish appearance in dark horses.

Champagne horses are also unique in that they have hazel eyes. A champagne foal is usually born with blue eyes which then gradually darken to green, amber, or some shade of hazel in between the two.

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Black is a relatively uncommon coat color in horses, though not so unusual as to be considered rare. For a horse to be considered black, it must be completely black except for white markings.

A visible difference between a true black and a dark chestnut or bay is seen in the fine hairs around the eyes and muzzle; on a true black these hairs remain black even if the horse is sun-bleached, while on other colors they will be lighter.

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