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post #1 of 13 Old 11-24-2012, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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Will he turn gray?

I have my eye on a young mustang and he is black. I would love it if he would stay black, but that may not happen. I know the owners and most of their horses are black or gray. As horses age, I know they can turn gray. Is there any chance that he could stay black? Thanks for the help!

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post #2 of 13 Old 11-24-2012, 01:52 PM
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Usually they go gray around the eyes and face first. Since I'm assuming you don't know the color of his parents, it's hard to say.
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post #3 of 13 Old 11-24-2012, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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He is 5 right now so I think he might stay black. Cross your fingers! I think his parents are black and dark roan so it pretty much could go either way. He could turn roan, who knows.

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post #4 of 13 Old 11-24-2012, 03:42 PM
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If he's 5 and is not already showing signs of gray, he's not gray. Gray starts at birth. Horses also do not "roan out." If he wasn't born a roan, he's not a roan. You own a black horse.
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post #5 of 13 Old 11-24-2012, 04:03 PM
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I agree with Poseidon, every horse grays with age but the doesn't mean he's a gray. Grays are born base and start to change shades of gray right after birth, usually around the eyes and muzzle. If he's black at 5 years, with no gray yet he is definitely not gray. He would be a dapple by now at least.

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post #6 of 13 Old 11-25-2012, 02:32 PM
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Yep, if he's not showing signs of graying in his face or tail at this point, it's pretty unlikely that he's gray.
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post #7 of 13 Old 11-25-2012, 09:05 PM
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If he's 5 and is not already showing signs of gray, he's not gray. Gray starts at birth. Horses also do not "roan out." If he wasn't born a roan, he's not a roan. You own a black horse.
I do agree that a 5year old horse either already shows signs of turning gray or he will stay black. He will also not "roan out". But just for an interesting bit of color change: we had a filly last year that was born as sorrel as could be - but "roaned out". Of course, she was born roan, but we sure couldn't tell until she turned about two month old - these are pictures from July, September and October:
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post #8 of 13 Old 11-28-2012, 05:39 PM
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If he is 5 and jet black....he is going to stay black. Like others have said greys start greying out as foals.

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post #9 of 13 Old 11-29-2012, 12:23 AM
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This is my filly, she is almost 2, she is black but could she turn brown?

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post #10 of 13 Old 11-29-2012, 12:49 AM
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My horse is grey. But only because he's black turnig grey. Was coal black when I got him, had a few grey hairs. I say a few, as in 20 on his whole body! He has gotten more grey ever since. I got him as a young 3yr old. He's going on five next year. I believe he will be at least mostly grey eventually. head shot. He was BLACK the day I got him.
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