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post #1 of 14 Old 05-30-2013, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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weird marking on quarter horse, any ideas what it is?

I found this horse for sale on an ad on facebook. The owner says she is a 5 year old registered quarter horse, but I have never seen a marking like this. Any ideas what it is?
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-30-2013, 02:50 PM
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just looks like a Tall paint to me but I am not a color expert..

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post #3 of 14 Old 05-30-2013, 02:53 PM
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Its a somatic mutation.
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maybe a quarter and a paint? But I dunno. Pretty horse.. Shows more signs of a paint than a quarter horse.
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Is that the one where there were twins but one took over?
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Is that the one where there were twins but one took over?
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Chimerism?

I read an article once about horses that get a certian kind of fungal infection on the skin and once the infection is gone, the hair is a lighter color, like it scars the pigment in the skin, and this looks a lot like those pictures.
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post #7 of 14 Old 05-30-2013, 03:24 PM
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Its a somatic mutation.
I agree somatic mutation
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I've seen this on two horses(other than this one) both in the same region, both chestnuts. One was a random qh mare at an auction, one was an appendix gelding my BO raised. His sire was chesnut qh, his dam chesnut appendix. It appears to be some fluke mutation, none of the other foals by the mare or stallion had that marking.
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post #9 of 14 Old 05-30-2013, 05:52 PM
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Sounds like you may have a unique horse there. I like it, do you?
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Yes it does look like a somatic mutation. It is an area that the genes for a certain color get switched off in embryo for unknown reason. In this case one area got the gene for gray and the rest didn't.
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