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    08-09-2012, 06:28 PM
gypsy horse color changing?...

I realize this will be hard to show with my limited pictures but I will try to show/describe to the best of my abilities... I have a 1.6yo filly who is exhibiting roaning to a degree... She currently appreas to have the beginning of dappling on a small portion of her right side and white hairs have been appearing sporatically on her black spots. She also is getting tiny black hairs in the white area on her rump. Plus, I've also noticed darker black dots/spots within her tobiano blotches/spots. Both her sire and dam are black tobiano gypsy horses and her grand-dam is a solid black. My question, is this likely to continue (greying out?) also, is it possible for dappling to even occur or am I seeing 'advanced' roaning/greying out... I don't have any pictures of the white and black hairs in as this is a very recent phenomenon (last week or two) also this isnt just a few hairs it's literally speckling her bum with black hairs same with her black spots they're being speckled with white hairs not all over her body but in sections currently focused on her rear end so far her barrel/cheast area in unaffected

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    08-09-2012, 06:33 PM
That's pretty typical of tobiano. She's not greying. In order to grey she has to have a grey parent.
    08-09-2012, 06:34 PM
My thoughts exactly nor could she have a dapple gene as I don't believe her parents carry the gene... Is it normal for there to be black hairs appearing all over her rear end on the white of her and white on the black of her? Should this be expected as she sheds out? >.< just curious
    08-09-2012, 06:36 PM
Dappling is a sign of good health.
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    08-09-2012, 06:39 PM
Originally Posted by CLaPorte432    
Dappling is a sign of good health.
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How does that work I wonder... Do you know?
    08-09-2012, 06:42 PM
Cla - I think she was talking about silver? Health related dappling is extremely hard to see on a black horse.
    08-09-2012, 06:44 PM
Well she's healthy ha ha her hair is probably shinier than mine... :S
    08-09-2012, 06:50 PM
Wow just read you got her as an engagement present, that man sure is a keeper! ;) Sounds like he knows you too well, congrats and I do think she looks great. I'd say that's normal my paint colt has that too.
    08-09-2012, 06:56 PM
There is no 'dapple' gene that has been discovered. Dappling shows up on horses who are usually in excellent condition. Don't confuse dapples with Silvers - sometimes called silver dapples. This is an unfortunate term for silvers, since the majority are not dappled anyway.

What you are seeing, is very, very common in tobianos. Your mare is definitely tobiano, some type of sabino probably and also probably splash. Most are. Some tobianos have quite large patches of roan. Doesn't make them true roans however. They are fairly rare in Gypsies.

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    08-09-2012, 07:01 PM
Yeah I've been with him for five years now I think I'll keep him, he shovels poop pretty well to boot! Lol jk but he really does, and he can clean a water trough full of fish with a net to near spotless in no time its crazy! Lol... He's great though I've only spent a weekend away from him in five years. Once though I took him out for a full moon ride when we were first dating and he told me he knew how to ride (later found out he had only really ridden for a week once on a dude ranch when he was young at a family reunion) so he could try what I enjoy doing so we were galloping down this trail the horses started to race eachother in the middle of the night dirt clods began flying into his face haha he thought I was trying to kill him or something; since then he's been hesitant to ride with me again lol.

Thanks everyone for informing me I'm not so up to date on this coloring/pattern mumbojumbo I'm used to horses being picking a color and stickin' to it

Annoel I lovve your avatar of rocky he looks like a dalmation kind of lol, truly adorable
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