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post #21 of 26 Old 09-14-2013, 11:52 AM
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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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post #22 of 26 Old 09-14-2013, 07:25 PM
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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.

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post #23 of 26 Old 09-15-2013, 07:05 PM
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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.
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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.

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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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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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