What makes a horse dapple?

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    10-23-2011, 12:11 AM
Green Broke
What makes a horse dapple?

I have a buckskin whose dam dapples out so nicely, but my horse does not. I've heard nutrition can be a factor although she's on a multivitamin, omega 3, and amino acids. If it's a nutrition thing, anything in specific that could help?

Also heard it's genetic and she may just not have received that particular gene. Anyone have any insight for me? Just curious
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    10-23-2011, 01:33 AM
It's usually just the sign of a healthy horse. However, some horses just don't dapple, I've noticed. I don't know of any supplements in particular or anything that make a difference.

Abby only dapples in the fall and winter. Once her winter coat sheds, they go away and she stays dapple free all summer.
    10-23-2011, 03:11 AM
It is, generally, a health thing. Has to do with vascularization or something, or at least that's what I've always been taught. But my Quarter Pony was fat, shiny, and dappled as could be the day he died from cancer. And I have noticed that some colors (duns in particular) do not dapple no matter their condition.

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    10-23-2011, 08:16 AM
Green Broke
Interesting, thanks!
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    10-24-2011, 03:14 PM
Interesting, bubba. I'd never reliazed I've never seen a bay or red dun dappled. Have seen a dappled grulla though.

And like bubba also said, health isn't always the cause. Abby was covered in dapples when I foud out she had ulcers.
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    10-24-2011, 03:29 PM
I've always wondered why my palomino sometimes looks more dappled than other times... Thanks for starting this thread :)
    10-24-2011, 04:00 PM
I got a perlino mare that is dappled from head to tail.... got to get more pics of her
    10-24-2011, 04:20 PM
I boarded a buckskin that dappled in the fall as his winter coat was getting noticeable. During the winter he'd become a dark smokey color then lose it as he shed. My bay and black horses are dappled all winter then seem to lose it when in summer coat.
    10-24-2011, 05:25 PM
Green Broke
I wish I knew a basic of how much of each vitamin a horse needs in a day, kinda like the % daily value we have on our vitamin bottles ;) it's such a guessing game!
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    10-24-2011, 05:26 PM
Green Broke
That way I could rule out nutrition completely!
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