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post #1 of 21 Old 01-27-2013, 05:15 PM Thread Starter
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Going grey or not?

I have a coming four Arabian filly. The day she was born I had the vet out for retained placenta, and he told me she would be a grey. I jokingly told him I wasn't paying him to tell me things I didn't want to know, and that I knew it anyway.
Almost four years later and she is more Bay than ever. She still has some silver in her tail, and a few white hairs in her mane, and there is not a single white hair any where else. Did I luck out and get a not white horse at last? And at what point do I change her registration?

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post #2 of 21 Old 01-27-2013, 05:18 PM
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Pictures would be helpful.
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post #3 of 21 Old 01-27-2013, 05:47 PM
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If she hasn't greyed out by, she'll stay a bay. They usually start six months to a year where it's really obvious.

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post #4 of 21 Old 01-27-2013, 06:03 PM
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My Girlfriend had a sooty colored Buckskin overo mare.She sold her overseas as a 3-4 yr old.Her buckskin coloring i'm sure was a big selling point for buyer.My friend later found out when the mare shed out the next spring she was GREY!! She couldn't believe it when she heard & thought Ok maybe just got some white hairs but then saw pics Yep she was no longer buckskin looking but a dapple grey
Yes Mare had grey in her pedigree but they thought since she never looked grey at that age she wasn't going to be grey.....
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post #5 of 21 Old 01-27-2013, 07:18 PM
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If it's the horse in your user picture, it definitely looks to be going gray.
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post #6 of 21 Old 01-27-2013, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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If it's the horse in your user picture, it definitely looks to be going gray.
No, there is no question about what color Dezie is. Just like his momma he was born beautiful solid colored with a couple of white hairs on his face, but he has faded far beyond all hope for color.
Bug has clean black on her legs now and is medium Bay with no stray white other than the silver in her tail, and a couple of hairs in her mane. I guess the question is can an Arabian with silver in their tail keep their color, or is that the sign of grey?
I am trying to load a couple of pictures of the horse I mentioned for sale. My girl is dirty and covered in her pasture mates hair right now.
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post #7 of 21 Old 01-27-2013, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Here is a face shot of that horse. Just like my horse, but much better grooming.
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The horse in the photos is not gray.
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post #9 of 21 Old 01-27-2013, 10:19 PM
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She looks like she's not going grey yet, BUT it does take some horses a VERY long time to gray out. I've seen some up to 8ish before they started to noticably gray. Its pretty uncommon but not unheard of.
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The pic is not of her horse but an example of how her horse is bay with silver/white in tail. To OP I suspect if your horse is not showing grey on body by now that she is probably not going to grey, not saying isn't possible as it is not unheard of them greying at later age but it is rarer . Yes,I have seen a few bay horses have silver/white hairs in there tail,so would not take that as a sign,but more the body greying.
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