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post #1 of 16 Old 06-17-2010, 01:09 PM Thread Starter
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Is this possible?

My 7 year old mare was completely bay when I bought her this winter, but as the monthes have passed she is roaning. Is that possible for her to be changing to a roan or a grey?

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post #2 of 16 Old 06-17-2010, 01:13 PM
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Winter coat and summer coat can easily be different.
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post #3 of 16 Old 06-17-2010, 01:13 PM
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She could very well be roaning out, which means she has the rabicano or sabino genes.

She's not likely to go completely gray, because she would have done so before now.

I have a fleabitten gray gelding. He was always gray, even as a youngster. He was a dark dappled gray with black points, and has now gone completely white with fleabites.
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post #4 of 16 Old 06-17-2010, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm, that would be cool if she got the sabino marks!
She right now only has little white hairs going down her ribcage and a big "spot" of white hair on her hip. I am enjoying watching her changing colors.

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post #5 of 16 Old 06-17-2010, 02:28 PM
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My filly is doing the same thing- started out bay, now she is roaning and has little white dots all over her rump and sides. So fun!

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #6 of 16 Old 06-29-2010, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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It is a lot of fun! I love watching how her color is changing.

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post #7 of 16 Old 07-05-2010, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Here is a picture of one of her "Spots" on her leg. Then she has just a bunch of white hairs going up her ribcage area.
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post #8 of 16 Old 07-05-2010, 09:30 PM
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bays do not "grey out" so Id say your mare either carries the rabicano gene, or she has just always had slight roaning, that is only visible with the seasonal change of coat. I have a bay roan mare who is completly bay in winter, and in summer she is a true roan, with a brown head and legs and a grey body.
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post #9 of 16 Old 07-05-2010, 09:33 PM
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^Yes, a bay can grey out. Any color can go grey. However, not at this age. She's either sabino or rabicano.
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post #10 of 16 Old 07-05-2010, 11:08 PM
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I have a little bay mare that has done the same thing. She went from solid bay with just a few white hairs here and there, to quite "roany"! Mine is Rabicano. She's developing a skunk tail and some "bars" on her ribs from the gray hairs. Her hocks and one fetlock are almost "silver" looking.
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