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    06-22-2012, 11:33 AM
  #21
Yearling
Thank you! I'm more than happy to post pics of my girl in all her stages.

To aswer a couple of questions, I'm not sure sure about the "rose" grey. I've heard mixed things on it. I've heard some say that all greys go through the rose stage and I've heard them actively described as a color "rose grey".

I'm also not sure about the tetrarch spots. I DID look into that, and that's exactly what they appear like. Thus far, they are staying. Even in her winter coat, her big butt oval was very visible.

And thank you so much for all your feedback and comments! I love Holly to death and I LOVE watching her go through these phases and changes in her coat. I was especially surprised to see a bit of a countershaded faux dorsal peeking through as if to validate all the talk we had on the other thread about grey producing primitive markings.

I've never heard much on the melanoma side of greys. I did own a 19 year old "white" grey and he never had such problems. But I will definitely read up on it and educate myself! As of now, not as educated on it, I wouldn't let it stop you from owning your dream grey. I've had quite a few friends with greys, and none had problems with melanomas (or perhaps as the comment above suggests, just never caused complications) =)

I'll take some more pics today since everyone seems to enjoy them!
     
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    06-22-2012, 11:35 AM
  #22
Yearling
I really like when her star comes through. I think it has blown out some with her greying face, becoming bigger than her foal star. It looks to cover most of her forehead now with the surrounding light hairs.

And that spot is my absolute favorite. On the same side she has that spot and a tiny black oval as well. I pet her there all the time to mess with her spots. Lol
     
    06-22-2012, 02:10 PM
  #23
Yearling
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Originally Posted by poppy1356    
Cool pictures, I would love to find out what my grey mare originally looked like.

On the melanoma part. I just had this conversation with my vet last week as he checked my horse for them. The majority of grey horses do have them and you wont even know. They cause no problems unless they are internal on organs or if they are located in an area where tack would sit. Internal melanomas are rare so not something to worry about.

There's one grey at my barn that has a melanoma on his neck. It looks like just a patch of hair is missing like a burn or something. The skin is kinda flaky but that's it, nothing to worry about. And it doesn't look like a lump or anything. We all just thought it was an old injury where hair never came back.

Edit: my mare is 19 and has been declared to be free of any melanomas.
Thank you for the info! Very interesting and also quite reassuring, as well as certainly being great that your horse is free from such!!

I would imagine with owners who are very involved with their horses, are diligent, as are you, clearly, with vet checks every so often for s/s, who look at them closely, grooming often, use appropriate sun protection/sunscreen, these horses will most often fall into the category of this who are less likely to develop melanoma.

Just a guess...
     
    06-22-2012, 03:07 PM
  #24
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Back2Horseback    
Thank you for the info! Very interesting and also quite reassuring, as well as certainly being great that your horse is free from such!!

I would imagine with owners who are very involved with their horses, are diligent, as are you, clearly, with vet checks every so often for s/s, who look at them closely, grooming often, use appropriate sun protection/sunscreen, these horses will most often fall into the category of this who are less likely to develop melanoma.

Just a guess...

Well actually my mare was a very emaciated neglected rescue horse so it is purely luck she has none. But now that I have her I check her over daily for any changes. I had no idea about any of this until after I adopted her. The only thing I know is that greys have more sensitive skin which is why they are more susceptable to these conditions.

She does wear sunscreen on her pink nose and she hates the stuff but she has decided it's better to be pampered then ignored so she puts up with everything I do

The only downside to greys is keeping them clean. Although since the OP's horse isn't 'white' yet she has no need to worry about that. Actually the perfect colors right now. Wish my mare had more natural brown than mud brown.
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    06-22-2012, 04:36 PM
  #25
Yearling
Haha. You're right! I never have to worry about keeping her clean. She is a pretty clean horse by nature. I've seen her go through the pond once and come out pretty sandy. But she doesn't seem to enjoy rolling or going through mud much.

I can't even imagine her turning white...I hope to have many years between to experience all her shades before she whitens up. =D
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    06-23-2012, 03:05 AM
  #26
Yearling
So much good information on here, thanks guys!!
Out of curiosity, Envi has no pink skin- will his skin still be sensitive just because he is a grey? Should I be worried about him? I don't put on sunscreen or anything...

ThirteenAcres, I know how you feel- Envi's legs are really greying fast now, it's going to be weird seeing him as a white horse eventually. He doesn't seem to like to roll either, though... Maybe we're on to something? Lol.
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    04-21-2013, 12:59 PM
  #27
Yearling
Haven't updated in a while, so I thought I'd show Miss Holly's 2013 color progression. Sorry if the pics are kind of large!

Here is the last pic I have before she started shedding out her winter coat of this year. You can definitely see how red her winter coat was.



A little lingering winter hair:


A week later:


Last week:
     
    04-21-2013, 02:01 PM
  #28
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A lot of greys get melanomas by the time they get in there late teens often times they are not malignant. I often see greys in there mid twenties that have malignant melanoma but not all. I know a 25 year old grey that still competes in barrels and roping and is absolutely gorgeous head to toe you'd never know the horse was old unless the owner told you and the mare even has malignant melanoma on her throat. So even if your grey gets melanoma it's not necessarily something to be alarmed about. Like I said mostly greys even with melanoma live as long as horses who are not as prone to cancer.
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    04-21-2013, 03:49 PM
  #29
Yearling
She's so much lighter, wow... Still has that pretty red though, lucky you. It looks like all the darkest parts aren't grey like Envi's, they look more red (on her legs, etc.)
     
    04-23-2013, 01:39 AM
  #30
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I have heard that greys are at a higher risk of developing melanoma. Out of the three "white" greys we had growing up, only one, who was a lease, ended up with malignant melanoma. The other died of an unrelated condition and the last, my sister's horse, is still kicking at 29 years old.
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