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  • Greying chestnut horse
  • why chestnut horses white hairs

 
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    04-29-2011, 12:21 PM
  #1
Foal
Greying out.

My liver chestnut mare is 7 years old. I have recently found a bunch of white hairs on her shoulder, running down her back and on her neck. We don't know her father, and her mother never would have had a chance to grey out. (she passed away) Do you think that she will grey out in her older years ?
     
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    04-29-2011, 01:14 PM
  #2
Foal
I think 7 may be a bit too late to start greying out. If I'm not mistaken you start seeing that in most horses within a year or so. I could be wrong, though :)
     
    04-29-2011, 01:17 PM
  #3
Showing
No, she won't gray out. If she had the gray gene, she would have been grayed into a form of dapple or steel gray by this age. Normally, by the time a horse is a yearling (or at latest, a 2 year old) it is fairly obvious that they are graying out. The gray in my avatar is a good example, he's 9 this year. As a foal, he was as buckskin as the horse beside him but by the time we got him as a 3 year old, he was completely a steel gray and has proceeded to get lighter with each passing year.

I would guess that what your mare has is some kind of roaning. What kind is impossible to tell without genetic testing though, there are so many different genes that cause it.

So, while she may develop more white hairs as she ages, she will always maintain her base coat color.
     
    04-29-2011, 04:30 PM
  #4
Trained
Is it visible at a distance or only when you get close do you see the white hairs? Because many chestnut horses have white hairs all over within their coats that you can't see from a short distance, but when you get close, they appear to be all over.

Pictures would be helpful.
     
    04-29-2011, 07:56 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by Poseidon    
Is it visible at a distance or only when you get close do you see the white hairs? Because many chestnut horses have white hairs all over within their coats that you can't see from a short distance, but when you get close, they appear to be all over.

Pictures would be helpful.
They are not vidsible from afar, but they have never been there before. I cannot take pictures, because my camera is being sold.
     

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