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post #11 of 16 Old 09-13-2011, 10:06 AM
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Poor thing sure is skinny.

I'd say the "roany" patches look like areas of somatic mutation.
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Yeah the little spots look like that but lighter and is in not such a bright white more of a off white color so they are harder to see. She is thin at the moment I just got her a couple of days ago, she is gaining weight before she is used for anything, the feed they had her on was okay, but I am waiting a week and putting her something a little better. Plus she is a little stiff in one hip so she is being treated for that.
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bubba13 what is somatic mutation, off to Google that.

Thanks for the help, more out of curiosity about them than anything, because I never even noticed them until she got home, the spots are pale, but all over her.
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Basically just a freaky chance thing. Most likely her parents didn't have it, and any potential offspring of hers didn't have it, either. Call it a non-heritable genetic quirk, or something.
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The white spots on her back, rump and belly, are they in an area where a saddle or harness could have seriously rubbed? This can cause the hair to grow in white.

If there are small white spots all over her body, it could be birdcatcher spots.

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There is a possibly that the one of her back was from a ill fitting saddle but the rest and in random locations (I have a STB mare that has harness rubs so I know where they would be). That's neat she has one of a kind markings.

Thanks for all the replies.
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