Why is Sonya's tail going silver?

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    10-03-2010, 12:20 PM
Why is Sonya's tail going silver?

So today I was looking through my pictures of Sonya, from when I bought her, to now, and I noticed that her tail has changed in colour quite a bit.
I know she has roaning, but thought that's from the Appy in her.
When I bought her, she was a yearling, and her tail was completely black(with some sun-bleaching), as well as her mane, and now it is half silver! Her mane and tail have just changed colour this year. Could this have something to do with a roan, or just the appaloosa, or something different?

Here she is as a yearling:

And here she is this last year, still black:

And here she is this year:

Thanks for your help!
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    10-04-2010, 05:28 PM
The roaning will do that. It affects mane and tail color as well as body hair.
    10-04-2010, 05:57 PM
My appaloosa gelding has the silver streaks in his mane and tail as well--although it is less noticeable with him, as he is a light chestnut.

You can kinda see it in this picture.
    10-04-2010, 11:10 PM
To me it looks the normal coloring of a bay-based horse, sometimes they have the lighter hairs in their tails like that. Maybe I'm not looking correctly, but I don't see any roaning on her.

She sort of looks like a wild bay to me (sometimes called pangare I believe).... scroll down a little bit to the horse being ridden here....

    10-05-2010, 05:03 PM
Here is a pic of her roaning. This was when she was 2, she now has white hairs all over her body, and more of them

    10-05-2010, 07:18 PM
From what I have read up on roans, they are born roan and don't change color as they get older.... true roans that is. With Appaloosas now, that is something different, and I am not sure about them...
Classic true roans need one roan parent.

I think her coloring has to do with her Appaloosa blood. What color are the sire and dam?
She's really cute!

    10-05-2010, 09:11 PM
Thanks :)
I actually know nothing about her parents. The only thing the woman that I bought her from told me was that she was a welsh pony... Nothing else. I know she has to have Appaloosa in her, because she has the mottling, striped hooves, white sclera ect.
So no idea of colour. But I think I may have seen her dam. If I remember, she was a flaxen chestnut, but I am not 100 % on that.
    10-05-2010, 09:21 PM
She sure is a pretty thing, I think you are correct tho, she gets her coloring from the Appaloosa side.

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