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    12-20-2011, 08:33 PM
Is my Palomino turning Gray? I hope picture links work.

He was born almost completely white with just a slight (and I mean very slight hint of cream). He has through the months started to show more of a cream color. Not sure if he is turning more Palomino color or graying out. The sire is heterozygous gray (originally chestnut) and the dam is a Palomino Paint with some black points at knees, mane and tail (possibly buckskin?). Thanks in advance for posts!!
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    12-21-2011, 12:01 PM
Honestly hard for me to tell. The winter coat on most palominos is white or at least lighter than the base coat color, so you could just be seeing the winter coat. I think you need to wait till he sheds out completely in the spring before you can tell for sure. I have 3 very light palominos and they are pretty much a cream/white in the winter...
    12-21-2011, 10:20 PM
You have to wait until spring to see what color he is
    12-22-2011, 12:02 AM
If her sire is heterozygous gray you have a 50% chance of her graying out, :) honestly right now I'd call her a light palomino :)
    12-23-2011, 09:33 PM
Right now it just looks palomino. But, you won't know until it sheds in the spring.
    12-24-2011, 05:36 PM
I know grey is a dominant gene, but excuse me if I'm wrong. Since his sire is only heterogous, he might just not have got the gene. He only needed one, but got the short end of the stick.

Though if you ask me, he just looks like a palomino. I just highly doubt he is greying. If he was, he would have been a dark color at birth. Black, or almost black. Not palomino.

I've seen a few foals that were to turn grey when older. They almost looked roanish.
    12-24-2011, 08:16 PM
A horse that is gray is not born black or almost black unless the base boat is black. Grey foals ate usually born the "adult" version of whatever their basecoat is.
    12-24-2011, 08:36 PM
Then I was wrong, excuse it.
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    12-25-2011, 12:03 AM
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    12-26-2011, 03:17 PM
They will be born a darker color and then gradually turn grey. The color they are born depends on their base color. They can be born black, red, buckskin, palomino, cremello, etc. I have seen a cremello that carried a grey gene and he wasn't grey. He stayed a cremello, but was a rather funky colored cremello. More creamier colored than any normal cremello. Honestly, I just think your horse is a palomino that carries the sooty gene, explaining why his legs are darker than the rest of his body.

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