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    04-30-2013, 07:19 PM
Appendix QH Mare Color Question

Rose, my Appendix mare, passed away a week ago when trying to give birth to her foal. I had been wanting to ask a color question about her, but never found the time. Now that she is gone, it's not the important, but I was still curious. I thought I would at least see what everyone thought.

Okay, I know that Rose was a grey. That was pretty obvious. And I have seen bay, chestnut, and black go grey. But can any color horse go grey? I ask this because on her vet papers from when she was born, they said that she was born grulla with a star on her forehead. Have you ever heard of a grulla going grey? I have looked online everywhere and I haven't seen any example of it, but I may just be over looking it. Or, the vet may have not had any idea what he was talking about. Because on the next set of vet papers, when she was a year old, said she was grey, but she still had her star. At 2 years old, she didn't have a star anymore on the papers, and was listed as grey. (all three of these were from different vets as she had been moved all over the country).

I have attached a few pictures to get an idea of what color she was. She has started to lighten up, to the point where her barrel was almost white when she passed away.

This was when I first got her, in December.

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And these were in March/April




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    04-30-2013, 07:20 PM
Oh, and sorry she is so dirty. It didn't matter if I had just brushed her off or not, she would turn around and roll as soon as she had the chance.. lol
    04-30-2013, 07:25 PM
All horses can go grey if they carry a grey gene. The effect may not be as dramatic on some ligher colour horses. So if one of her parents was a dun/grulla/red dun, it is certainly possible for her to have been a grulla that greyed out.

Based on how red she looks I would suggest she was a bay that greyed out.

Sorry to hear about your loss. Looks like a lovely mare.
    04-30-2013, 07:48 PM
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Depending on the color of her parents, I agree that she probably wasn't grulla, just looked like it from greying. Grulla and blue roan are probably the two most misused colors in terms of registry papers for a grey horse. Something to remember is dun, roan and grey all will display physically if the horse has it and they MUST have at least one parent to display it. So if she didn't have a dun parent, then she wasn't ever grulla, she was a mislabelled grey. I agree that the amount of red showing doesn't indicate grulla under that grey.
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    04-30-2013, 08:18 PM
Green Broke
Yes she can. My horse is grulla and is greying. If you took a look at my barn, I have some photos of Spirit when she was in her first & second year of the greying process. I can't post any recent pictures right now, but so wish I could
    05-01-2013, 03:03 AM
Like the others have said, yep it can occur on any color. Even on things like cremello, you just can't really tell lol. Sorry about your loss.
    05-01-2013, 11:38 AM
Green Broke

You'd be able to tell by the blue eyes and pink skin. In fact, cremello's are one of the few colors that tend to actually hide grey because they're already born white. There was an instance where a cremello stud started siring grey foals off non-grey mares and that's how they figured out he had grey.
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    05-01-2013, 05:28 PM
Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    

You'd be able to tell by the blue eyes and pink skin. In fact, cremello's are one of the few colors that tend to actually hide grey because they're already born white. There was an instance where a cremello stud started siring grey foals off non-grey mares and that's how they figured out he had grey.
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I was talking about not being able to see the grey on a cremello...the cremello is the obvious part, the grey is not.
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