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  • Is it true that red roans get lighter as they get older?

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    11-04-2008, 08:37 PM
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Okay sooo I have a red roan and I've noticed that he's been getting more roan (whiter) . . . Is this normal?! Will he eventualy go all white?! I don't know why this is happening . . . It seems to be mainly around his wither to his tail (along his spine like 1/3 of the way down his sides) right around his blaze (under his forelock . . . Or whats left of it) . . . Ill work on getting pix
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    11-04-2008, 08:48 PM
Sorry its an older pix (from august) all of those spot have grown lager since then
    11-04-2008, 08:51 PM
    11-04-2008, 09:01 PM
Poor eggo now he looks silly
    11-04-2008, 11:57 PM
Yes, sometimes it is just a genetic thing. Depending on genetics will play a factor in how quickly they lighten. Some horses roan out very quickly and then don't seem to change after that. Some horses grow progressivly whiter over time. I have not seen one that goes completely white. One of my horses is getting roan patching. And actually has more white hairs on one side of his body than the other. I always joke that he is half roan . For him, I usually notice more white hairs when he grows his winter coat and again when he sheds in the spring.
    11-05-2008, 01:21 AM
Are you sure it's not his winter hair? Our Stallion is a roan and he gets really light when he first starts to get his coat and when he first starts to loose it.
    11-05-2008, 11:04 AM
Green Broke
A lot of roan horses will get more white as they get older
    11-05-2008, 09:20 PM
Your horse looks more like a Sabino than a true roan. A couple of questions.. Does his face have the roaning on it? Does he change his color much during shedding?

Sabino's don't normally change much.. And they dont' "roan" out to white with age.
    11-05-2008, 09:50 PM
How old is he?
    11-05-2008, 09:54 PM
Yeah, that's normal. Like KS said, as they get older they get whiter. He's pretty!

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