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        06-28-2010, 12:39 PM
    Question Why is this happening?

    I have a buckskin mare that is 11 years old this year. For a few years, though, she has been getting grey in her otherwise black mane. I was just wondering the cause of this.

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        06-28-2010, 02:07 PM
    I've never seen that before. I have a horse about 28 years old and he doesnt even have that much gray only under his mane and his a black quarter-horse. Could it be the breed of your horse?
        06-28-2010, 02:18 PM
    Honestly I've got no clue. We got her from some people who got her from an auction, so I have no idea what breed she is, I just call her a quarter pony.
        06-28-2010, 02:26 PM
    Green Broke
    My buckskin is exactly the same way. He's a breeding stock paint. I always assumed the silver was something to do with the paint genetics, even though he hasn't got white on him.
        06-28-2010, 02:39 PM
    Green Broke
    I don't know about the particular genetics, but I have seen many buckskins that have the "frosted" mane, in fact I've seen more buckskins with it than without it. I'm sure some of our color experts on these forums could explain the reasoning behind it, but I don't believe it's an uncommon thing in buckskins.
        06-28-2010, 02:53 PM
    Green Broke
    Here's a couple pics of my boy. He has blue specks in his eyes too, and they look gold, not brown. Again I guess because of the paint genetics... sorry the eye pic is blurry, but you can still see the odd color
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        06-28-2010, 03:00 PM
    Hes pretty. I love his mane!
        06-28-2010, 03:03 PM
    Green Broke
    Thanks. It gets tangled if you look at it wrong, but it's so pretty long. I just braid him up before shows.
        06-28-2010, 03:12 PM
    I wish I could braid hers..if you even think about going within 4 inches of her ears she goes nuts. That's because she was abused...she's getting better though and she knows to let me touch them when I'm putting the bridle on.
        06-28-2010, 03:23 PM
    Green Broke
    It will get better. Just keep up with regular grooming and work your way there. She's beautiful.

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