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post #1 of 22 Old 12-19-2011, 02:03 AM Thread Starter
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Magic dapples.

Phoenix came to me as a rising four year old, she is now rising seven. Every summer that I have had her I have been sure that her coat has been progressively dappling up. And this year my hopes and dreams have been rewarded. I love dapples, for me personally, they are the most striking feature a horse can have. I have wondered if my love of dapples has made me imagine the hint of them on Phoenix. But this year I have validation! Phoenix has dapples!

Her dapples are magic dapples they appear and disappear, sometimes they are really striking and sometimes they vanish. I love it, it's all part of the Phoenny mystique.

Here are some pics of the fabulous disappearing, reappearing dapples.
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post #2 of 22 Old 12-19-2011, 02:06 AM Thread Starter
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Did you all see that! See, first pic not even a hint of dapple. Second pic just the slightest hint of dapple. Pic number 3, BOOM, we have achieved dapple!!

Cool hey!

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post #3 of 22 Old 12-19-2011, 03:14 AM
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Haha I love dapples too, my horse sammy who I have had for about 1 year now is at the stage shown in your second picture. When I first got him he didnt have any, I hope they become more prominent like yours .

My two horse Apache and Sammy are my world
along with our dogs Patch and Bear.
But I will always love you Jimmy R.I.P
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post #4 of 22 Old 12-19-2011, 03:42 AM Thread Starter
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Good luck Apache, may your dapple dream come true! Phoenix's dam is a dapple grey so I am thinking maybe they are part of her genetic make up and will get more and more defined over the years (that may be wishful thinking). This is the first year that they have been quite so distinct. Of course they will disappear when her winter coat comes in but hopefully they will make their appearance next year as even more distinctive markings.

Forgot to add that this is also the first time that I have seen dapples appear on her rump so they are definitely becoming a stronger feature.

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post #5 of 22 Old 12-19-2011, 10:24 AM
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From what I have heard, dapples appear in horses who are very healthy and have healthy coats. Sounds like your mare is just receiving proper nutrition/grooming and that caused the dappling!

She is very pretty, you are lucky to have such a beautiful horse! :)
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I see the dapples!!!! COOL

When we got our gray 5 yr. old OTTB, he looked almost completely black, like this:


We figured he would lighten up eventually, like when he was 20!! But we did NOT expect what happened in ONLY ONE YEAR.....see pic below.

One year later:






I could not believe how rapidly he grayed out. I thought the graying process was supposed to be SLOW.... And the dapples just exploded out of nowhere, cause in that first pic he didn't have a single dapple on him. His winter coat has come in.....and those darn dapples are STILL there!!!! And he is still very very gray. He did not darken at all with the winter coat coming in.....

It's weird how he changed so quickly...... wonder what he'll look like NEXT year?!
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Beau - every horse greys at a different rate. Your guy's dapples are the cause of his grey at it's current stage. He could very well keep his dapples for a while or they can disappear quickly.

OP - I can actually see some dapples in the flank on the first pic. Like Appaloosa lover said, your horse's dapples are more than likely caused due to good health and good feed regimen.
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Beau - every horse greys at a different rate.

So, Technically it is possible he could be snow white in two years????
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Yep, totally possible.
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Did you all see that! See, first pic not even a hint of dapple. Second pic just the slightest hint of dapple. Pic number 3, BOOM, we have achieved dapple!!

Cool hey!

It may be the camera angle, but you can definetly see dapples towards her flank area, higher up.

Lovely looking mare though.
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