This is Aristocrat, he is a two year old colt at the stables I work at. I know he has a large amount of "bend-or" spots, but what could cause this greyish patch on his neck with his little palomino spots? Could he be graying out? IMG_4749.jpg
Definitely not gray. By this age, there would be no doubt of that. Besides, in order to have a gray, one parent must be gray.
It looks to me like he might just have a funky concentration of sooty going on. Add in the funky hair growth that comes with shedding season or growing winter fuzzies (not sure where you are and it happens with both), and that would explain the splotchy look.
Thanks for the input guys. We shall wait and see how he looks closer in to summer. As a foal he never had that splodge mark, and he has a similar colour on his back legs, and down his front. I also noticed the skin on his sheath mottled.