At what age would a horse be greyed out if it was going to happen? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 3 Old 11-03-2011, 02:01 AM Thread Starter
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At what age would a horse be greyed out if it was going to happen?

Wondering if my red varnish mare is going to end up grey? I heard it starts at 3 but I havent found at what age it could be determined, I dont know what color she was born.
She is going to be 12 soon.
(got a pic where you can see her whole body, only one on this laptop.)
(sidenote : Not hating on greys, I love greys, just curious!)
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post #2 of 3 Old 11-03-2011, 02:45 AM
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Gray can start and finish even sooner than three. And you must have a gray parent to be a gray.

That mare's not gray. She is varnish, though, as you know. So she ought to continue to get lighter, anyway.
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post #3 of 3 Old 11-03-2011, 02:47 AM
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Varnish will most likely cause her to lighten slowly with age. My BM has a friend with an Appy gelding who was born black with a blanket. He's 20 now and, because of varnish, is almost entirely white.
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