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        10-18-2012, 03:13 PM
    Is its rabicano? I think if she was pinto pattern, and I might be wrong, but she would have been born with that. The pinto pattern is a result of pigmentation causing the hair to grow out in different colors. The rabicano is roaning that appears within the first few years and is on select areas of the body not the entire body. So, as I understand it (please correct me if I am wrong) the foal is a chestnut with rabicano pattern. This is a pattern that is found with some regularity in standardbreds.
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        10-18-2012, 04:06 PM
    I'm also thinking Rabicano, especially the way the flecks are moving in a linear way. Rabicano also resembles brindling sometimes with how it moves on the ribs.

    My colt is going through the same thing, but his is farther down his flanks on both sides and he's 5 months old.

    Any white hairs on the tailhead?
        10-18-2012, 05:51 PM
    It's not any "normal" color gene. It's not rabicano nor any other gene like that IMPO. She is not developing a pinto pattern such as her dam has. If she was to have a pinto pattern she would have had it at birth.
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        10-18-2012, 06:34 PM
    Subscribed, found this very interesting and am interested in the developments of your pretty filly. Thank you for sharing this.
        10-18-2012, 07:40 PM
    I decided to post another picture of her at 48 hours old to show that she definitely didn't have any white spots on her. (Because I am even starting to doubt my memory). This is just so strange.

    I will continue to post pictures as she grows. I can't wait to see if the spot fills in or stays as it is.

    Oh, and as much as I would love to claim her, I do not own this filly. The BO does. One of her boarders bought a pregnant mare (didn't know she was pregnant) and didn't want the foal. My BO agreed to take it and train it. She is going to be a beauty and HUGE! And we are all curious about her color change!
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        10-18-2012, 07:51 PM
    And looking at pictures online of rabicano patterns, it sure does look like that. I will check her tail head tomorrow. But if rabicano has to be present at birth, then I am still confused.
        10-18-2012, 08:11 PM
    It doesn't look like rabicano to me. Rabicano generally starts in the flank, not on the ribs. It also tends to be "bottom heavy" - more white at the belly of the horse, less up the sides.

    I am leaning toward a fungal infection of some sort.
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        10-18-2012, 08:18 PM
    If it was a fungal infection wouldn't we be able to tell? See some sort of skin irritation or flaking? The white hair feels like the rest of her hair. I can't see any difference even when I look very closely. What would be the symptoms of a fungal infection?
        10-18-2012, 08:22 PM
    Given how many fungi there are in the world, and the fact that I am not a vet, I cannot tell you what symptoms may be there. But I DO know that a patch like that doesn't appear without a reason, and I am fairly certain it is not being caused by anything genetic. That leaves environmental factors, and a fungal infection is the most common reason for a colour change like this.
        10-18-2012, 08:30 PM
    I found this about fungal infections and color changes...

    White markings and fungal infections The Equine Tapestry
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