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post #1 of 18 Old 08-27-2011, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Mini Horse turning grey?

I noticed his legs have alot of greyish white hair and right now he's bay with two white socks but this is on the black legs I have no idea his age or what his parents were. Is this where they start turning normally at what age does this start to happen? Might give me an age range on him I'll get pictures in a bit.

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post #2 of 18 Old 08-27-2011, 10:19 AM
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When horses start greying out there is no real age every horse starts greying at. All horses are different. Some start sooner than others.
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post #3 of 18 Old 08-27-2011, 10:47 AM
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I heard once that if a horse is turning grey, you will begin to see the process begin at any time before the horse turns a year and a half. Although it can be very subtle and hard to see.

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Ok heres some photos' of Brownie....lol may need to change that name.




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Grey horses are born an "adult" color, which is a big indication of whether they will grey or not. If he is a foal and is colored bay then he will definitely be greying out as he ages. "True" bay foals will have lighter white hairs where it would normally be black, and shed out to the black points as they age.

How long have you had him? It's also possibly that he is just shedding through the seasons which for him may mean lighter legs. If there are no "sprinkling" through out his coat this may be the case. Another indication of grey is it will appear as if milk is spilling out on their face, as the head undergoes the first major changes.

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Grey horses are born an "adult" color, which is a big indication of whether they will grey or not. If he is a foal and is colored bay then he will definitely be greying out as he ages. "True" bay foals will have lighter white hairs where it would normally be black, and shed out to the black points as they age.

How long have you had him? It's also possibly that he is just shedding through the seasons which for him may mean lighter legs. If there are no "sprinkling" through out his coat this may be the case. Another indication of grey is it will appear as if milk is spilling out on their face, as the head undergoes the first major changes.
I have had him almost a year now his age is unknown I bought him at the stockyards have no info on his past.

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Could he possibly be roaning? I don't know anything on the trait. For age, look at his teeth. :) If he's three or younger, the front ones will be very short compared to an adult horse.
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I dunno he looked identical to one pony he was brought in with at first I thought he was her foal cause he was like glued to her and they looked so much alike I'll look at his teeth tomorrow
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Could he possibly be roaning? I don't know anything on the trait. For age, look at his teeth. :) If he's three or younger, the front ones will be very short compared to an adult horse.
Classic roan wouldn't start below the knees. It could be grey, but it is unusual for there to be no sign of it on the face (those eyes look like they might be goggled, but it could just be the light). My initial thought is sabino roaning, especially since it is so close to a white foot.

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Classic roan wouldn't start below the knees. It could be grey, but it is unusual for there to be no sign of it on the face (those eyes look like they might be goggled, but it could just be the light). My initial thought is sabino roaning, especially since it is so close to a white foot.
His eyes are googled and the one leg has no white on it

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