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post #11 of 14 Old 11-30-2011, 11:35 PM
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The palomino appears to be going gray, as well. And I wouldn't *totally* discount gray just yet on the bottom roany colt. It's not the best photo to go from, and even if he is a true roan, he might still gray. Not saying he will, just that he might.
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post #12 of 14 Old 12-03-2011, 05:37 PM
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True roans have solid colored heads. They can have white markings like blazes too, but their faces do not roan. A Sabino can have a fully roaned body like a "roan" and also have a roaned head. Most of the time they will have high whites maybe a bald face and a belly spot too, splashy. Greying(roaning) on the face as they age is a big sign they are going to go grey.

My Heidi (in my sig) is a bay roan Hancock mare. Those are some pretty babies there.

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post #13 of 14 Old 12-05-2011, 07:39 PM
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My colt was born a bay, and now he's completely grey at four- my (uneducated, so I'm very likely wrong) guess is that I don't think it's actually a roan gene, but just the grey gene- I'll bet all his babies will turn out to be grey when they're done changing their coat colors. Then again, I know little about the roan gene.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, I'd love to know the answer to this too, though!
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post #14 of 14 Old 12-07-2011, 05:54 AM
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Classic (true) Roans have solid coloured legs with upside-down "V" shape where roaning meets the non-roaned leg colour, along with solid coloured head, mane & tail (unless another modifier is present) that are NOT gray on the ends. With-in 2 mths Roaning becomes evident as foals start to shed into their adult full Roan colouration- which covers the body from ears to base of tial & extends down to just above the knees & hocks(so the horse is left with solid points)...


Tobiano wont change that unless there are higher white markings covering the entire Roaned area, so there will be solid coloured knees, hocks & head if the white markings finish below these areas....

I would think your foals are likely to be Sabino, which is often confused with roan - the 1st 2 foals almost certianly as they have jagged leg markings & lots of wite flecking on their faces....

I also think as others do that at least the 1st 2 foals (1st 3 photos) also will gray out due to the high content of gray around their eyes (gray rings)- thats always a dead give away of gray.

Oh & since your stallion is throwing chestnut based foals he'll either be chestnut or at carry chestnut & is also heterozygous for gray as not every foal looks to be going gray- unless the last 2 foals in your photos also go gray :)

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