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        09-14-2013, 12:52 PM
      #21
    Trained
    Is the dam the mare that is behind the foal in the first post? If so, I'm not seeing roan on her...
         
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        09-14-2013, 08:25 PM
      #22
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    NDAppy, I think the roan is there, it just not very thick. I think I can see it pretty well in that first photo. The silvery sheen on her neck just under her mane and on her hips make me think so. Of course, I may be wrong too....

    I also change my vote after seeing the new pictures. Definitely a palomino but I can't really venture a guess on roan or gray at this point. It's clear she's got something, but whether it's just roan or just gray or both, I have no idea.
         
        09-15-2013, 08:05 PM
      #23
    Foal
    Just sit and wait, on this one, I would think. I would go for palomino roan. Usually the graying shows not only on the butt but also on the necks and around the eyes, like on the one in the background. I attached a couple of pictures of a 2month old colt, sorrel turning gray. For comparison. Also a picture of a new born foal ... it took a month until we were sure that it would be a buckskin.
         
        09-16-2013, 08:18 AM
      #24
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by caljane    
    Just sit and wait, on this one, I would think. I would go for palomino roan. Usually the graying shows not only on the butt but also on the necks and around the eyes, like on the one in the background. I attached a couple of pictures of a 2month old colt, sorrel turning gray. For comparison. Also a picture of a new born foal ... it took a month until we were sure that it would be a buckskin.
    The reason I think grey and not just roan is not to do with the white showing through. It is because of the adult shade of the foal's newborn coat - this is a far better indicator IMPE. It could be that roan is making it look more mature, but that isn't as common as grey doing it.
         
        09-16-2013, 11:55 AM
      #25
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Chiilaa    
    The reason I think grey and not just roan is not to do with the white showing through. It is because of the adult shade of the foal's newborn coat - this is a far better indicator IMPE. It could be that roan is making it look more mature, but that isn't as common as grey doing it.
    I am not sure what you mean with "adult shade". After looking at the pictures again I do tend to think more likely graying as well, since the hair color around eyes and muzzle is very dark.
    I attached some more pictures, these are of a colt born palomino, then turning gray, the pictures were taken at age 5 days, 5 weeks and 3 month. He grayed very fast.
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        09-16-2013, 07:29 PM
      #26
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    Foals generally are born a "foal" shade of their adult colour - black foals tend to be a silvery grey colour, bay foals tend to have no black or only minimal black on their legs, etc. A foal that is grey tends to be born with an adult looking colour - black legs for black based colours, rich and "adult" looking shades instead of the washed out baby shades.
         

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