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post #1 of 13 Old 12-08-2011, 08:28 PM Thread Starter
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Is she a dapple grey?

Hey guys, so I am buying this new mare, she looks like a dapple grey, but on her papers it says she's just a grey...But I reckon she looks like a dapple grey, the dapples are just on her lower legs and some on her body, here are some pictures...
This picture you can kinda see the greyness on her rump and dapples on her back legs..

This picture isnt very good since its small, but you can kinda see the dapples on her back legs...

This pic you can see the dapples on her back legs and front legs (sorry about the jump boots, I don't have any other pics of her without them on!)

This last picture you can see her legs and her rump and her mane has a bit of grey in it too :)

So is she actually a dapple grey, or just a grey/white like it says on her papers?
And while im posting this, do you think im a good size for her? :) I only really like riding horses 15 hands and under cause I feel uncomfortable on bigger horses since I feel their necks are too long, but this mare is 14.2-14.3hh and she feels like a perfect height for me, im pretty sure ill get at least 3-4 years of riding on her before I grow out of her, since I have only grown about 1 inch in 1 year...haha

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post #2 of 13 Old 12-08-2011, 08:30 PM
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Yep, she looks like she is/was a dapple grey. Most registries don't differentiate between the two - they are all 'grey' for the purposes of their papers. She'll probably get progressively lighter with age too.

I think you are a good size for her, no worries there at all!

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post #3 of 13 Old 12-08-2011, 08:31 PM
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She is just grey. Dapple grey is just one of the many, many stages that grey can go through.
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post #4 of 13 Old 12-08-2011, 08:33 PM
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Just gray now - she she was probably dappled at one point tho, many grays do go through a dapple stage as they gray out, before going 'white' or flea bitten gray ;)
You look great on her :)
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post #5 of 13 Old 12-08-2011, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, she's just turned 9 :) but its weird though cause I looked up this website and it had pictures of each year of this horse, and when it was 8 it was a reallllyy light dappled grey and then 2 years later it became more dappled grey than before! So is it possible that a dapple grey horse will go lighter then a little bit darker but then start to go lighter again and eventually become flea-bitten & then white as age goes on...?

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Yeah, she's just turned 9 :) but its weird though cause I looked up this website and it had pictures of each year of this horse, and when it was 8 it was a reallllyy light dappled grey and then 2 years later it became more dappled grey than before! So is it possible that a dapple grey horse will go lighter then a little bit darker but then start to go lighter again and eventually become flea-bitten & then white as age goes on...?
I've never heard of it. However, then can be a very marked difference in the dappled greys between seasons - they look much much lighter in winter as the light grey hairs grow longer than the dark so the dapples are more covered. In the summer they shed and look several shades darker.

My guess is that the photos were taken at different times of year

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post #7 of 13 Old 12-08-2011, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, that's good, so she will start going darker since its summer here in Australia yay haha

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Each horse grays out differently than the last, which is why it is so hard to predict how fast a horse will gray out and what different stages they will go through. Either way, they all reach a stage where they stop graying out either with fleabites or just white.
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post #9 of 13 Old 12-09-2011, 12:37 AM
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Yeah, light dappled gray.

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post #10 of 13 Old 12-09-2011, 02:29 AM
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THIS is dappled gray:


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