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post #1 of 31 Old 01-17-2011, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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pics of horses born black, turn grey, and end up being white? please share!

I know the Lippizan Stallions are born black or dark bay and eventually turn white. I was trying to explain this to a friend and wanted to find photos to show her the progression, but I was surprised I could not find any online. Do you have any pictures, or can you provide a link that illustrates this? I would love to see the same horse as it progresses thru the years. Thanks!
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post #2 of 31 Old 01-17-2011, 04:54 PM
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Here's a picture of a mom and baby Lipizzan..You can see the baby is dark and the mom is white...

Not really a progression though.

Lipizzan Mare Nursing Filly - Rights Managed - Corbis
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post #3 of 31 Old 01-17-2011, 05:13 PM
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I always thought it was camragues? I don't even know if thats how you spell it?? lol

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Thank you Erika! That is definitely a start. Such an amazing transformation.

Ray-I think it happens in many breeds. I have a 2 year old filly boarded here...a Paso Fino. She is a gorgeous smokey gray color. I was told by the time she is 4 or 5, she will be completely white. I would love to see pictures of a dark foal, that is then a smokey grey, that then turns white.
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There is a two year old Lippizan at the barn I am at and he is grey. I don't have any pics of him but if you really want me to get some you will have to wait until Sunday when I get back out there! I'm not sure when he will be white.....
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post #6 of 31 Old 01-17-2011, 07:09 PM
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I can show pictures of Ash and Jozie. Jozie is Ash's 1 1/2 yr old baby that is black but already getting specs of grey and should go through stages and end up grey/white like Ash.

Here's Jozie (Ash was like this as a yearling as well)

and here is Ash, Jozie should go through stages or grey's and such and end up like Ash. Ash is kind of fleabitten ish with some light dappels on her rump.

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post #7 of 31 Old 01-17-2011, 07:15 PM
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Show here the movie "Miracle of the White Stallions" it is actually a great old movie about the horses and how they almost where killed in WW2. It shows them as babies and how they turn white and how they pic out the special ones. Its a great movie. It might be on youtube.

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post #8 of 31 Old 01-17-2011, 07:59 PM
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Interestingly, a horse can be born any color with any pattern then 'grey out.' Lippizans are known for the end result looking white (which is a different color generically) they were originally more colorful and color was bred out of them. You can tell a horse will go grey by certain traits it is born with like the 'goggles' light color surrounding the eyes. Every horse greasy a little differently some never completely grey out.
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post #9 of 31 Old 01-18-2011, 06:33 AM Thread Starter
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wakiya-That is interesting about the "goggles". Would she have them now, or do you only see that as a foal? She is 2 now.

Gizmo-that does sound like a good movie, I will look for it. Sounds pretty darn sad, tho...should I have my kleenex ready?

sitbacnroc-Ohhh, your horses are so gorgeous! I just love drafts. You rarely see them down here (SoFla.) Is Ash done turning white? How old is she, and at what age was she considered "done?" (sound funny, like we are cooking a chicken, lol)

shasta-I would love to see a picture, even just to compare his shade of grey to the paso filly here.

thanks guys!
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post #10 of 31 Old 01-18-2011, 10:33 AM
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What wakiya described about a horse that is going to eventually turn grey will have light colored hair around their eyes. These horses as foals will display the light colored hair around the eyes. Plus sometimes they will have light colored hair at the coronet band as foals. I had bred my solid red QH mare to a grey QH stallion and her two full sister fillies greyed-out before they were yearlings.
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