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post #1 of 21 Old 08-02-2012, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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From Grey to Bay!

My horse is shedding out bay. At least, I think it's bay as his sire was grey, his dam was bay and his full brother is bay. His "flea bites" are brown so....bay it is!

Anyway, I know grey horses change color/pattern - my boy has changed every season since I've known him. However, this is really strange. He's seriously turning into some kind of bizarre bay - more and more brown is appearing on his body and his legs are darkening. I've never seen a grey go like this before!

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post #2 of 21 Old 08-02-2012, 09:48 PM
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Just part of the grey stages. His base color is just showing up a bit. My sorrel based grey does the same. =)

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post #3 of 21 Old 08-02-2012, 10:25 PM
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The white horse fell into a mud puddle? LOL
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post #4 of 21 Old 08-03-2012, 12:44 AM
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You sure it isn't just dirt? It appears to be the same color as the dirt in the background.
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post #5 of 21 Old 08-03-2012, 12:55 AM
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^^That's what I'm thinking. The difference in shade can be explained away just from the earlier pic being in winter fuzz and the newer pic being summer coat. A lot of the brown markings look like mud to me though.

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To be fully honest, I am not sure whether you're serious or making a joke, so I don't know how to respond to this, lol... It just looks like he got a good rolling in.
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The bottom picture was taken after a bath. I thought it was dirt too so gave him a real bath and used soap. My iPhone camera is old so the quality isn't the highest. He's been getting more flew bitten this summer and has been shedding out recently and getting more and more brown patches. His either is getting a bloody mark (I think that's what it's called), the top part of his mane is turning black but the rest is staying silver. His tail is mostly silver but the core is turning dark. He's getting a sheen to his coat that you typically see in brown bodied horses too.
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My grey mare was white as snow with her winter fuzzies. When she shed out more and more brown spots appeared. And more brown appears to be coming out since she's been getting healthier. She's 19 by the way so her grey is not changing, just the seasons.
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As far as I know, blood marks can't show up after the horse already greys. They are areas that lack the greying for what ever reason and never change from the horses original color in the first place.
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post #10 of 21 Old 08-03-2012, 12:17 PM
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Truthfully, I'm unsure about the genetics behind bloodmarks. I do know that they are just a concentration of fleabites all in one spot, but I honestly don't know if they are always there and just become apparent as the rest of the horse gets lighter or if they gray and then the base color comes back in. I'm more inclined to believe that they are always there but just aren't visible until the horse gets light enough.

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