Graying/Shedding pattern and speed

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    06-29-2011, 08:42 PM
Graying/Shedding pattern and speed

This year more than others I noticed a distinct pattern on how Gypsy shedded out her winter coat. I, along with others, were convinced that this year she would be grayer then last year. Gypsy has always had a ligher winter coat than summer coat but in the end her coloring has changed very little in the last 5 years (since I've had her). This winter her coat was a little lighter than normal but not much. Then as she shedded out, it was mostly the dark (black and brown) hairs that were shedding out. Halfway through shedding out she was significantly lighter than she has ever been before. Further along in the shedding process when it was half her final dark summer coat and half the light winter coat she looked like she had large dapples, the difference was so noticable. Now with her final summer coat she is just as dark as last year, with very little if any graying out.

Sorry, no pictures, I didn't think to take any at the time.

Horse colors (especially gray) have always interested me, so I have a few questions. Is this a 'normal' shedding pattern for a graying out horse? I know there is no true 'normal', that all horses will shed and gray out in different patterns, but does this happen often?

Also, this thread - will she gray out more? got me wondering: is there anything that determines the speed that a horse grays out? Generally if a foal's sire or dam gray out slowly or quickly will the foal do the same?

Sorry about the long post, I guess I'm just feeling curious lol.

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