Question about Varnish Appaloosas

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  • Appaloosa varnishing
  • Wwill my appaloosa varnish out

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    04-15-2012, 05:25 PM
Question Question about Varnish Appaloosas

So I was told that when my varnish appaloosa Fabel 'roans' out (or do I say varnish out?) That she will keep the spots up on her rump becuase they were part of her base color.

She is a varnish appaloosa with a blanket that has some spots in it, she has always had the blanket and spots, which is why the spots are considered part of her base color?

Well my mare is continuing to grey out she is getting more spots.

I didn't get the best pic has this was an after thought, I could get better later. . .

In the below picture you can see the darker area, most recent area to be greying out on her stifle area. There are 3 solid spots there that are new.

This is her other side, she also got some new spots, near the greying zone

If the other spots are supposed to stay then will the new spots also stay?


Also please ignore the riding and lack of muscle she has been off for all winter (a few trails here and there)
This was our first schooling this year!
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    04-15-2012, 05:55 PM
Its not greying. Its varnishing. Varnish reveals more spots as it progresses. It does not erase spots though unlike what grey would do.
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    04-15-2012, 05:56 PM
Awesome thanks!

I love spots so bring on the Varnishing!
    04-15-2012, 06:19 PM
If you get impatient, just shave her and you will see where her spots will be as she colors out...

("colors out" is the preferred term by many Appy people so as not to confuse it with a roan or grey)...
    04-16-2012, 01:48 AM
Oh interesting! I like the surprise of it though! I was brushing her out today, and she shedded a few pounds of fluff lol, and I was like where did you get these spots? These were not here before and I looked at pics from last summer and I was right! There brand new spots!

Ill switch to the term coloring out sounds fancy!



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