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post #1 of 31 Old 05-26-2008, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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Is Vega roaning?

On Vega's coggins test, it said that she was roan on the back. So when I was grazing her today, I noticed that she has more dots all over her now. Could she be roaning out?


I know the picture isn't the greatest.. I guess that's what happens when you ask your fiance to take a picture as he's holding a horse
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post #2 of 31 Old 05-27-2008, 03:04 PM Thread Starter
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Would it help if I got a different, better picture of her?

Her sire is Impress Me Shannon and her dam is Skippin Abroad. Her Dam's Sire is Skip Go Grand and according to allbreedpedigree.com, he's a red roan.
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can we see a few more pics?

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So she wasn't like that before? Since she's an Appaloosa... I think it's highly likely you've got yourself a Varnish Roan there! It's like having a new horse every year.

She looks beautiful... would love to see more pics of her! Impress Me Shannon is a gorgeous stud. I love his breyer.
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I have some older pics (1 year old and some a few months old)

That was taken in late Oct/Early Nov of 07


Summer of 07


April of 07

So will she get more white spots on her every year?

I love the breyer model of Impress Me Shannon as well! He really is a gorgeous stud!
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I had an appy that was blue roan and consistently roaned out over the summer.

Could it be that Vega is considered a snowflake appy? People tend to confuse roaning with snowflake. Something to research!
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Thanks ahearn! I'll have to research that!

Though she does tend to get more dots in the summer, warmer months than in the winter, cooler months
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According to one website the definition of snowflake is this:
SNOWFLAKE - The base colour is dark with white spots over the body. The snowflake is usually born solid coloured and 'colour out' to this pattern, often becoming roan.

Sounds like Vega....

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And yet another description!

SNOWFLAKE—sometimes called a “reverse leopard”
Because the base color is dark with white spots over the
Body. The Snowflake-pattern Appaloosa is usually born
Solid and “colors out” to this pattern. The Snowflake can
Also be a transient pattern, that is, they often become
Marbles with age and the Snowflake is the middle process
Of the entire coloring change from solid to roan. A “true”
Snowflake is probably the most rare of the Appaloosa coat patterns, and even
Then will vary in their spotting throughout the year.

I'd upload pics my my sever is too slow!!

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OMG thank you so much ahearn! In her baby pics on the back of her certificate, she looks solid in color, and just over the year that I've had her, she's getting more snowflakes on her. That's awesome to know!
So now every year I'm going to track her snowflakes. It would be interesting to see over a few years time how she turns out.

Once again, thanks ahearn! I tried to research the difference and I didn't get anywhere, and the pictures I saw of roans and snowflakes looked nothing like her. It got quite frustrating. Thanks for helping me out!
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