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post #1 of 14 Old 03-26-2010, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Bay with Some Gray Hairs?

No clue where this should go..
But it's just something I'm curious about.
Oddly enough I haven't worked with any bays before..but I'm fairly sure this isn't typical (though I could be wrong)

I have a 13 y/o bay TB gelding who has some random gray hairs spread throughout both his mane and tail. Is that a normal thing I'm just not aware of? Or is there some reason for it? I wouldn't think it would be age, but..who knows.
I don't really have any pictures that show them but they're just full gray hairs root to tip, sporatically placed..
So, soley out of curiosity, any explanation for it?


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post #2 of 14 Old 03-26-2010, 11:18 PM
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old age?? my boy gets them some times and hes 15 this year
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Do you think? I don't know that's what I originally assumed but I wonder just because I mean..some of those gray tail hairs are full length, so he would have started growing them several years ago..
But then again some humans start growing gray hairs pretty early in life, too, so maybe that is all it is.
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my 8yr old bay has some gray's i'm assuming it's age.. but i could be wrong

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It's an age thing and a genetic thing. Most do, some don't.
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post #6 of 14 Old 03-27-2010, 12:12 AM
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most bays ive had have had random grey hairs all over their body, strangly enough my new mare doesnt have any (shes the same age) i guess its genetics

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post #7 of 14 Old 03-27-2010, 12:15 AM
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My 13 year old bay has those full-length grey hairs in his mane and tail. Especially noticeable in his tail. He also has some on his face! Must be the equivelent of premature greying such as what humans have, lol.
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Huh, that really is interesting! I guess I just haven't looked too closely at other bays to notice anything. Well It's good to know! Thanks everybody =)
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My first thought is that he may have a rabicano gene, that is the one that causes the skunk tail. Neither of my bay horses have any gray hairs in their mane/tail.

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post #10 of 14 Old 03-27-2010, 05:22 PM
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My bay TB had gray throughout his mane tail and coat, I think its a fairly common thing for bays to have.

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