Why are his legs turning silver?!

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Why are his legs turning silver?!

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        04-04-2011, 02:43 PM
    Why are his legs turning silver?!

    My gelding is a 6 year old chestnut quarter horse registered with the AQHA. His sire was black and his mother was sorrel.

    He turns a funny dun-like color in the summer, with a black mane and tail and a golden body. No striping though, he's really JUST a chestnut.

    However as he loses his winter coat this year, his legs have turned silvery half way up! The aren't true white because he has one back leg sock and its not the same color. It looks rather odd and is a pain to keep clean... Why is this happening? Last summer his legs were rather darker than the rest of him.

    I heard it could be nutrition? Why? How do I reverse it?

    Last year he was on free choice coastal and ultium grain.

    Now he's on a flake of alfalfa, free choice coastal, safe&sound grain, and flax seed supplement.

    If anyone want to see- I'll post a before and after pic.
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        04-04-2011, 02:48 PM
    Yes please post pictures.
        04-04-2011, 07:46 PM
    Okay- Here we go, pictures

    Silvery! That right hind is the only actual sock he has.

    Sorry the pics are so enormous!
        04-04-2011, 09:00 PM
    That is totally normal with a red horse. My appy mare gets more of a metallic sheen then anything. Tends to mean good health.
        04-04-2011, 09:33 PM
    Very pretty, healthy horse.
        04-04-2011, 09:47 PM
    NdAppy- That is so strange! I wonder why it happens? At least its a good thing :)

    Tinylily- thank you very much
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