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  • Can a grey horse have a dorsal stripe
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    08-15-2011, 10:41 AM
Green Broke
Grey dorsal stripe.

I have a rose grey filly, and she has a dorsal stripe...I THINK.
It looks way to crisp to be counter shading, other than the fact she is greying out so that kinda effects it a little.
Only thing is...I know for a fact her dam doesn't have one (she is a grey), and I don't remember her sire all that well, other than the fact he was a red roan. So, I'm guessing that she got it from him, I remember one of his foals being a red dun out of a sorrel mare.
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    08-15-2011, 10:51 AM
I wouldn't necessarily jump on the dun wagon right away. Grey can cause mimicking of primitive markings. There are a lot of greys that people have thought had dun when they did not because grey put a counter-shading dorsal on.
    08-15-2011, 10:52 AM
Do you have any foal pictures of her? Grey can do some funky stuff and leaving false dorsals is one of those funky things.
    08-15-2011, 11:06 AM
Green Broke
She was born a chestnut, with dark legs and almost appeared to have leg stripes, and deffinately had a dorsal stripe then too, but it was really hard to see when she shed out to an almost black brown. I don't any really usable baby pictures of her haha:P
    08-15-2011, 11:13 AM
I'm going to say not dun in that case. Being grey, and born with 'adult' colour like that, what with the dark legs and all, I would expect her to be born more of a dun colour than chestnut.
    08-15-2011, 12:03 PM
I have a gelding greying very similarly to your filly, I will have to agree that she is just experiencing a phase of the grey process. I've had mine for 4 months and he's gone through a lot of changes even in this short period of time.

As a foal, note he is an adult color just like your filly was.

Day I looked at him.


Isn't it cool that we'll have a different colored horse every year? :)

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