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    09-15-2012, 08:42 PM
New Whittening

My mare is 5 1/2yrs, sorrel sorrel SORREL, :) She is starting to get tons of white hairs on her face and body, upper legs. It happened very suddenly in the last few months and there has really been no change or injury. I do not know her parents colors.
Do reds develop white ticking this young?
Or could she be greying? Seems too old to start from a sorrel!
I've seen so many colts turn grey from all kinds of colors but never turn from a mature sorrel! I don't think it happens. Seems a strange time to develop white ticking and so rapidly.I do not have a close enough photo to show this.
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    09-15-2012, 08:51 PM
I should add that the white hair is NOT in a rabicino pattern, no coon tail, or any concentration of white anywhere, it is spreading evenly.
    09-16-2012, 12:49 PM

Any color change in her tail? Earlier this year when I was horse shopping, I saw a ~3-4 y/o old gelding who had just started to gray. It was barely visible on his body- he looked like a black horse with an off-white extension in his tail. Once I realized he was graying, I could pick out the white hairs on his face, but there really weren't many of them. There's no reason a chestnut horse couldn't gray out very slowly, too.
    09-16-2012, 01:39 PM
First off, what breed of horse? Do you know what her breeding is?

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