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        06-30-2009, 08:26 PM
      #11
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by westonsma    
    Grays can only come from ONE gray parent. If the parents are both grays, baby will be solid. If baby stays solid, it will NOT pass the gray gene. This baby looks like it will definitely go gray, and you may notice some dappling. Because she's a bay starting out, chances point out that she'll be a reddish gray, either with some lighter/white dappling, or darker black dappling.

    I noticed that she has a white stocking? Are there any black spots on her coronet band? (Hairline above her hoof)

    That isn't accurate.
    There is both hetero and homo carriers for the gray gene, which means that the foal can recieve the gene from both parents.
    Only gray horses carry the gene, thus 2 gray parents can sire a gray foal. That is the only way to get a homo gray carrier.
    Solid horse cannot sire gray and does not carry the gray gene.
         
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        06-30-2009, 08:38 PM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Yeah, sorry westonsma, but that's completely inaccurate. A horse requires at least one parent to be grey to be grey, but grey X grey has absolutely no requirement of a colored foal. Lippizaners are almost exclusively grey, so how do they keep producing greys if grey X grey means a colored foal? Breeding two greys actually increases your chances of a grey foal. Regardless of the color and homozygosity of the actual colors, you have about a 70% chance of getting a grey foal when you breed two heterozygous greys together. That chance drops to roughly 43% with one heterozygous grey parent. Obviously that increases to 100% if either parent is homozygous grey.

    I agree with everyone else, she's going to grey out.
         

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