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post #1 of 10 Old 04-10-2013, 03:51 PM Thread Starter
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Bend Or Spots or Sooty?

I'm really not familiar with the sooty gene and I have always figured these were Bend Or Spots but as a horse ages can they get more Bend Or Spots or is he a possible sooty?

So this is Dusty he is an 8 year old Palomino Roan Quarter Horse. I know, I know he does NOT look like a roan but he is [Rn/rn] and as proof I provide the following evidence: XD
This is 2 year old Dusty.


Anywho. Dusty has always been a Chameleon. Every year his color changes and he has slowly gotten darker over the years. As he has gotten darker and older I have noticed more and more of what I thought was Bend Or Spots but is it possible this is the sooty gene that is causing this? I accuse the sooty gene because it's not just the spots that are there. There are more and more black hairs in patches mostly on his hips and he also has a few black hairs in his mane and tail.
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Left Hip - The one Super dark spot has been there since we got him as a yearling.


Hinny - I don't know if you guys can see them but there are dapples on the right side next to his tail.


Sorry These ones are really dark but if they help

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Bend or spots! Another pally with bend or spots.


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That's what I figured! Thank you! One question, why are they reproducing? Hehe. Last year he only had the very dark one on the Left and maybe one or two on the right. Is it possible he will continue to get more?

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I'm not really sure actually. I don't think a lot is known about them yet. I think they can come and go.
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Some of those spots might be corn spots now that I think of it since the horse is roan. Corn spots are where a horse scrapes itself and the hair grows back non roan. If your horse is true roan I bet that's what the new spots are.
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From what I understand, Bend Or spots are a result of the sooty gene. For whatever reason, the sooty hairs just get concentrated into one particular area, thus creating the spots.

They are similar to birdcatcher spots in that they can appear or disappear or grow/shrink with each season.

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Peppy - He is true roan but all of his corn marks are usually a darker shade of his pally coloring. He has a few on his shoulders you can kind of see in the photos. I thought of that too. =]

Smrobs - Hmmm... Very interesting, thank you! I guess it will keep things interesting every spring!
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As far as I knew Bend Or spots only happen in horses that trace back to the thoroughbred Bend Or. I know a thoroughbred that traces back to him but doesnt have any sooty effects other than the spots

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As far as I knew Bend Or spots only happen in horses that trace back to the thoroughbred Bend Or. I know a thoroughbred that traces back to him but doesnt have any sooty effects other than the spots
A horse does not have to be related to the thoroughbred Bend Or to have those spots but that is where the name came from.
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A horse does not have to be related to the thoroughbred Bend Or to have those spots but that is where the name came from.
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Oh okay. I'm actually not sure where I heard it, but that's what I've always come to believe

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