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post #1 of 14 Old 08-01-2012, 01:02 PM Thread Starter
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Meet Shooter, my 4 yr old, gray QH.

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I'm still in denial that my pretty steel gray horseie is going to turn white! I know that all horses gray eventually go white at some point in their life. But as I've been reading more about it I noticed that there are different stages, and different horses will be different colors. I was just wondering if anyone could give me a hint on what color stages he will go through? Right now, in these photos I know he's in the steel gray phase, starting to move into the next phase. But will his next phase be Rose Gray?

Or Dappled gray?


Then after that stage, does it go to white gray, or flea bitten? Some sites say white gray, then fleabitten, and others say the other way around. Thank you!

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post #2 of 14 Old 08-01-2012, 01:17 PM
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That's the fun of owning a gray .. you just can never tell!

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There is no set pattern of the grey stages. My grey transitions back and forth from steel to rose to faux dun. Most grey horses will go white, but as someone said in another thread, sometimes age beats the white. Some greys start paling out faster and some slower. You never know. =)

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Yep, you can never be certain what color they are going to turn. What was his base color, do you know? It appears that he was either a bay or a buckskin. My boy was a buckskin when he was younger and he went through several years as a gorgeous dapple gray. Now, he's mostly white but he does have fleabites that add a bit of unique color to him.

Just venturing a guess, it looks like your boy will be pretty dappled next year.

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Yep, you can never be certain what color they are going to turn. What was his base color, do you know? It appears that he was either a bay or a buckskin. My boy was a buckskin when he was younger and he went through several years as a gorgeous dapple gray. Now, he's mostly white but he does have fleabites that add a bit of unique color to him.

Just venturing a guess, it looks like your boy will be pretty dappled next year.
I believe he was bay, I looked at his AQHA papers and he's down as gray. When I looked at the picture on the back he was almost the same color he is now, probably a little more brown though. (I'm guessing he wasn't very old when it was taken) I'm not 100% sure though, we didn't get him until he was 3. I'm excited to see if he goes dapple! I'd be able to show him off next summer. He's the first gray horse I've ever had, so we'll see how it pans out. Some of my favorite colors are buckskin, and dapple. Lol


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There is no set pattern of the grey stages. My grey transitions back and forth from steel to rose to faux dun. Most grey horses will go white, but as someone said in another thread, sometimes age beats the white. Some greys start paling out faster and some slower. You never know. =)
Oh, pretty. On his back he's amlost a red roan, his butt is a light gray, and his neck, and legs are a steel gray. I'm excited to see him change colors.
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That's the fun of owning a gray .. you just can never tell!
I guess it is! I'll just have to wait and see!
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We had an Arab, that was exactly his color when we got him as a 2 yr old. Who, gradually lightened to a white, no dapples, no flea bitten, just white.
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In the end, you either get a solid white grey, or a fleabitten.
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Then after that stage, does it go to white gray, or flea bitten? Some sites say white gray, then fleabitten, and others say the other way around. Thank you!
There is no way to know how your horse is going to grey. Apache actually went rose, darkened to steal and then lightened back up hitting the dapple stage for just a small amount of time. Now he is in just some strange inbetween stage that really doesn't have a name that I'm aware of. I thought he was headed for white but he is getting fleabites on his face his original chestnut color but still has plenty of grey through his body as well.

My understanding is if the horse goes fleabitten it stays fleabitten and won't go completely white. Now a horse can go completely white and eventually develop fleabites.

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