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post #1 of 11 Old 09-01-2012, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Grey horse with hair growing back red!!

My grey horse rubbed the hair off of his face an shoulders from itching and when the hair finally grew back it was red!! How can I make it turn gray again!? And how can I make him more dappled?
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post #2 of 11 Old 09-01-2012, 08:58 PM
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You can't do either.

Sometimes if the hair is not growing back in evenly, you'll see their skin through the fur which can cause odd looking coloring. If you could, post up a picture of what you're seeing (a before and after is best) and we'll try to figure it out.

Dappling is just a stage of coloring that some greys go through. It's not permanent and will go away over time. There's nothing you can do to make more dapples appear.
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Thanks for the help :) I will try to upload a pic:)
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Our little gray paint mare does the same thing. But our other gray horse grows in the same color as it was before. I don't know enough about colors to know why this happens...

The first pic is of the mare, you can see all the scratches and bite marks that grew in red/brown.

The second is of the gelding and his hair grew in white/gray.
Just out of curiosity I would like to know why it does that.

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I think it's probably just another weird gray thing. I'd assume your grays were born sorrel/chestnut and that's why they grow in red/sorrel/chestnut... :)

My girl -she was born brown or black- grows her "ouchie spot replacement hair" in black.

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I guess it's just a gray thing:)

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Our little gray paint mare does the same thing. But our other gray horse grows in the same color as it was before. I don't know enough about colors to know why this happens...

The first pic is of the mare, you can see all the scratches and bite marks that grew in red/brown.

The second is of the gelding and his hair grew in white/gray.
Just out of curiosity I would like to know why it does that.

The first horse almost looks like a rose grey, or whatever they call them these days. Might be why the scarred hair comes in as a reddish color.

I'm not a color expert by far. I heard of the color a couple months ago when someone was describing one of the horses I was riding. Seemed to fit.
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I saw a thread on here a while ago that said dapples are sometimes a result of a very healthy horse, so....motivation?
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Grey dapples are a bit different than the health dapples that were being talked about. The health dapples are impossible to see on a grey, so that doesn't really help. Grey dapples are just a phase and for some horses they stay in that phase for a long time while other horses just stay in it for a short period, if at all.

Apache had a spot of fur that grew in normal color after a scratch and after the next shedding season it was back to normal.

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I heard that about dapples too, but I thought it only applied to non gray horses. As far as them being healthy or going through a color change in the spring and fall.

At closer examination, Gracie does have some red/brown hairs mixed in her coat especially low on the hinquarters, gaskins and hocks. Never paid that much attention I guess...LOL. I did pull out her registration papers that have a photo of her as a baby, she was a black and white paint baby.
Color genetics are beyond my comprehension! :)

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