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    12-15-2012, 07:26 PM
Green Broke
Question Will she roan out completely?

So Daisy is a 14 yr old Appaloosa and as you can tell she's a roan with a bit of spotting. I'm wondering if she will roan out completely? Every other varnish I've read about seems to have roaned out completely by an earlier age..... But I haven't done *that* much research. So I was just wondering if yall had an opinion?

This picture is when I went to look at her before I bought her. August of 2010...

This is a more recent picture from summer of this year....

I see her getting whiter but I'm not sure if she's ever roan out completely.
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    12-15-2012, 07:55 PM
I don't think I've ever seen an appaloosa go COMPLETELY white due to roaning. But she does look like she will roan out more and more each year, though I doubt she will ever do so completely as a grey would.
    12-15-2012, 08:11 PM
Many continue to varnish more with age, but a lot of the time there isn't a consistent rate like a gray would. NdAppy's mare had a decent progression over the last few years whereas a 12 year old mare I know was just starting to show varnish. She'll probably continue to varnish, but I couldn't say how much.
    12-15-2012, 08:24 PM
Green Broke
I didn't think she'd turn ALL white haha.

Po- Thanks. Every time I search varnish roans I see horses that roan out quickly so I was just wondering.
    12-15-2012, 08:34 PM
Every Varnish appy does so at a different rate. Just like with grey, every horse goes through the process differently. Phoenix, my mare, will probably end up all white with spots at some point. Here is the progression I have of her - Phoenix - Varnish Progression

I need to get some new pics added to that as she is even lighter now.
    12-16-2012, 02:03 PM
Green Broke
The link doesn't work :(

I don't know much about color genetics, especially in Appys. Which is sad cause they're my favorite. Lol.
    12-16-2012, 05:50 PM
Originally Posted by Lonestar22    
The link doesn't work :(

I don't know much about color genetics, especially in Appys. Which is sad cause they're my favorite. Lol.
Well, genetically she is a varnish roan, but to my knowledge there is no genetic link to how fast or how far they color out. I have bred horses with the same sire and dam and have had them color out at different speeds and to different degrees. If there is a genetic reason for it nobody knows what it is...

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