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post #11 of 22 Old 12-19-2011, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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I thought that dapples were more about health too. I am just finding it exciting that every year Phoenny's dapples are becoming more pronounced. I am not doing anything differently this year than I was doing last year. I don't feed supplements at all. She gets no food other than grass and I only groom her when I get her in for a ride. In the pics that I posted I hadn't been near her with a brush for nearly two weeks.

I thought that maybe it was the fact that she has a genetic component ie a dapple grey dam that is the contributing factor to her dapples.

Here is a pic taken last year I think, as you can see she is shiny but not dappled. Maybe you can see the slightest dappling on her flank but that has been the extent of it up until this year.


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There is something in her food/environment/health that is contributing to her dapples. Having a dapple grey dam has nothing to do with whether a horse has dapples or not. Dapple grey is just one of the many stages that a grey can go through. It has no effect on the offspring.
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There is something in her food/environment/health that is contributing to her dapples. Having a dapple grey dam has nothing to do with whether a horse has dapples or not. Dapple grey is just one of the many stages that a grey can go through. It has no effect on the offspring.
Thanks NdAppy, it must be the good New Zealand grass we grow lol.

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lol yep. Could just be better grass this year. Dapples are a wonderfully strange thing My son's palomino mare has reverse dapples. Very cool to see
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I would like to see pics of reverse dapples. They sound beautiful and I can't quite picture what they would look like.

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Reverse on the left, regular dapples on the right -

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so...how do dapples work? I'm not a big fan, and Kiera's mom was dapple.... 0.o

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Reverse on the left, regular dapples on the right -

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Oh, how beautiful! Dapples....but in reverse!

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my gelding is the same way he will have them then he wont he's dark for the winter and light in the summer, he's a weird boy. You can kind of see the dapples in the second picture, and the third is him changing colors and the fourth is him changed for the winter(sorry for the bad picture)
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Many different colors get dapples including blacks and bays that have nothing to do with the silver or grey gene.

Healthy horses get them and some get them during spring and fall (seasonal)
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