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If mom is a gray, then he has a 50/50 chance of turning gray. What I thought was interesting though, is the ad for his sire says he only sires dilutes, so baby must be some type of dilute even though he looks sorrel?

Are there any white hairs on the foal at all? My colt was not born with "goggles" or any such thing, but by about 6 months of age (probably before) it was very apparent he was getting white hair on the bridge of his nose.

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If mom is a gray, then he has a 50/50 chance of turning gray. What I thought was interesting though, is the ad for his sire says he only sires dilutes, so baby must be some type of dilute even though he looks sorrel?

Are there any white hairs on the foal at all? My colt was not born with "goggles" or any such thing, but by about 6 months of age (probably before) it was very apparent he was getting white hair on the bridge of his nose.
He has lots of "roaning" on his belly and legs on the in sides and some on his eas that's hard to see, he is only a few weeks out though.
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I just read in your other post that you lost his momma. I'm so sorry to hear that.

I don't know the significance of the roaning on the legs/belly because foals tend to have pale legs/bellies anyway.

I did hear that chestnut foals are usually born with pink skin and grays, even if they are chestnut, are born with dark skin.

But I won't really guess about what color he is because I am not all that familiar with foal colors, and since his daddy was cremelo, he should be some sort of dilute as well.

The reason I am talking about the difference between gray vs. non-gray is that I had my first-ever foal last year out of my gray mare and he ended up being a gray. So I researched it a lot on the internet (and I slept at a Holiday Inn Express last night!).
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Yep, with that pairing, the only option is a palomino foal with a 50/50 chance of graying out, even though he doesn't look like a pali. I really don't see any signs of gray, but like THR said, sometimes it hides until the last minute.

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Yea, he has to be a palomino with that breeding. Would be interesting to see him tested since he looks really really sorrel.

But since he really can't be, he must be pali and being that dark, I'd say yea, he'll probably turn grey.

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Palominos come out sorrel looking most of the time ;)
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Palomino, and my gut is saying he will grey, but as said before, it is 50/50 chance of that.

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In black based horses, dark legs at birth usually indicate a foal that will grey out, right? Is it different in red based foals? This guy has pretty light legs, so I'm curious..
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The dilute when crossed with a gray is a crap shoot you don't always get a dilute foal because of the gray since baby was born darker I am going to say it will be a gray

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