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    07-25-2013, 02:19 PM
Yep, going gray. I'm guessing his base color is black under the gray.
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    07-25-2013, 02:25 PM
His papers say he is grey, but I don't understand the whole black and brown thing going on here. And it doesn't say what colours the sire and dam are.
    07-25-2013, 02:27 PM
Look on the back of his registration papers; it should have his pedigree back at least 4 to 5 generations. His parents' names will be on there with a letter designation. G is gray, C is chestnut, B is bay, etc.

Yes, his breeders got it right, he's a gray.
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    07-25-2013, 03:25 PM
The reason he's got the whole black and brown thing going on is because gray isn't a base color, it's a modifier. All gray horses are born another color; chestnut, black, bay, palomino, buckskin, etc. As they age, the gray gene kind of takes over and causes them to go gray...and eventually, white.
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    07-25-2013, 03:33 PM

Yes, it looks like he was born black, and the grey slowly comes it and starts to leach the black away. So black can look lighter and brownish. They can even go through a period when they look like they are buckskin or dunnish. They can also sunbleach.
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    07-25-2013, 05:25 PM
Ahh, does anyone by chance have a photo of what it might turn out like? I'm kinda curious.
    07-25-2013, 05:31 PM
I would say he is greying out. Since he is SE , are his parents sway backed ? If so you need to have him tested for the genetic disease they get. WS arabians knows the proper term.
    07-25-2013, 05:34 PM
I wasn't aware SEs were prone to lordosis. If he had it, I'd think it would have shown up by now. The horse is just young, weedy and needs more food and muscle.

You want to see a gray Arabian? Here's mine. He's Polish, not SE, but you get the idea. Your boy will probably look a lot like mine, except maybe he won't be fleabitten.
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    07-25-2013, 05:36 PM
Google "grey horse" and you'll see the wide spectrum of what a grey horse can phase through, most end up predominantly white with a grey muzzle.
    07-25-2013, 05:45 PM
Green Broke
WHAT??? He's going to be a way lighter color 0.0 that's.. awesome.. you should keep us updated with out he changes!!:)

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