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    10-04-2008, 05:33 AM
  #1
Foal
How many times do your foals change color?

My filly has been a kaleidoscope! She was born blue roan, turned black roan, then red roan, sorrel, palomino, sorrel again, chestnut, a dark liver color, then back to palomino. Now that her baby fuzz is falling out (which is still palomino), the non-fuzzy spots are near-black. She also has little dime-sized sabino spots where her baby fuzz has come out. All this out of a dam with no color in her lines whatsoever (unless you count chestnut), all black. Her sire is a maximum sabino. I didn't pick him, we didn't know the mare was pregnant when we bought her. If she would turn out black with little sabino spots, I'd be the happiest person alive. Probably not going to happen, but I can dream

So how many times do yours change? What's the strangest leap you've ever seen? What color did they turn out?
     
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    10-04-2008, 03:47 PM
  #2
Weanling
Technically, your foal hasn't been all of those colors. What color was the sire (I know you say max Sabino but you don't say what base color). The dam was solid black you say?

Foals change color a lot over their first two years of life. You can't really tell what the actual color will be until they shed out in their two year old year most of the time (of course some horses grey out over the years and appaloosa's are a totally different story).
     
    10-04-2008, 04:10 PM
  #3
Cat
Green Broke
With foals, usually their summer coat of their yearling year is their color, or close too it. However, greys can change their whole life, not going to touch appys, classic roans will change season to season (though tend to look the same ever summer, but look like different horses at different seasons), and then horses with the smutty gene can darken or lighten as they get older as well.
     
    10-04-2008, 10:05 PM
  #4
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cat
With foals, usually their summer coat of their yearling year is their color, or close too it.
I did not know that...Thanks!

My Saro changed colors several times too. Maybe the silver gene in her? I know zip about color genes.
I know when she was little everyone called her a palomino
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    10-05-2008, 01:01 AM
  #5
Cat
Green Broke
What are her parents' coloring? She could be palomino with a lot fo smutty gene. I saw a horse as dark as her, but the mane was also darker, and when they did the UC Davis DNA test she tested as a palomino! That smutty gene can mask the true color.
     
    10-05-2008, 09:41 PM
  #6
Showing
The foals I have owned or worked with have only changed color once. They usually lose their baby fur as yearlings. After that you pretty much know what they are going to be. Sometimes it takes them longer to lose all their baby fur but I've never seen a foal change as many times as posted above.
     
    10-06-2008, 09:51 AM
  #7
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vidaloco
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cat
With foals, usually their summer coat of their yearling year is their color, or close too it.
I did not know that...Thanks!

My Saro changed colors several times too. Maybe the silver gene in her? I know zip about color genes.
I know when she was little everyone called her a palomino
From this---

To this---
I believe you still have a Palomino, but now she's a chocolate Palomino. Very pretty girl by the way
     
    10-06-2008, 09:59 AM
  #8
Foal
I finally had my colt color tested because nobody cold agree on his color.

To this
     
    10-06-2008, 12:51 PM
  #9
Showing
I don't see the winter fuzz as a change of color. Every horse will change color and go darker.
     
    10-06-2008, 06:37 PM
  #10
Showing
Hey mare I misspoke
I knew she was a "chocolate" palomino. She is a Rocky Mountain horse so I always think of her as a chocolate flaxen.
     

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