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!
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.
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:
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. Posted via Mobile Device