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    10-01-2012, 06:19 PM
I've never heard of lacing being on the side of the horse like that. I've only seen pictures of it along the topline.
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    10-01-2012, 08:54 PM
Perhaps dapples due to winter coat coming in? It IS that time of year.

My Mustang has some weird dapply coat things going on too, but they don't look like that. More like a horse that is starting to shed, except with him I think it's the winter hair coming in.
    10-01-2012, 09:16 PM
Is the pattern on your girlfriends horse only on one side as well? How strange that 2 horses, states apart but related by relationship of owners would get this. I hear the twilight Zone music right now. Ha ha
<-- This! Na na na na, Na na na na...

OP, that coincidence is alarming. I have never seen a horse develop an issue like this and I have no idea what could cause it so I'm no help there, but I hope you can figure out what's wrong and that nothing bad comes about from this unusual occurrence.
    10-01-2012, 11:35 PM
I have seen this before, especially in palominos but never just on one side. In the ones I've seen it was, as others have said, healthy dappling associated with a seasonal coat change. Would be very interested to hear if both are just one sided. If so, is there a sidedness to sweating as well? So weird !
    10-02-2012, 12:40 AM
I showed my vet the pictures & he has no idea what that is.
    10-02-2012, 12:54 AM
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Originally Posted by tealamutt    
I have seen this before, especially in palominos but never just on one side. In the ones I've seen it was, as others have said, healthy dappling associated with a seasonal coat change. Would be very interested to hear if both are just one sided. If so, is there a sidedness to sweating as well? So weird !
my pali sure as heck doesnt dapple like this.

This is like reverse dappling haha
    10-02-2012, 12:57 AM
I don't think lacing. I would either think really loud reverse dappling or some kind of skin infection/fungus. It's just extremely bizarre that it would happen exactly the same at the same time to two different horses belonging to friends, but the horses are unrelated and nowhere near each other. Very interesting.
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    10-02-2012, 01:00 AM
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Whatever it is can we make a stud that is homozygous for it so I can mass produce rideable giraffes?:)
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    10-02-2012, 02:16 AM
Both horses are presenting only on one side. I got my mare from my girlfriend's ranch a year ago. So yes there is possible cross contamination. Still twilight zone, but not AS twilight zone. Very strange - her vet didn't know what to make of it either. It looks really cool unless you've seen any movies that have zombie diseases or anything. Then it's creepy.
    10-02-2012, 04:38 AM
That looks cool, you should write down the date it happened, season, diet, age, address of agistment of your horse incase it goes away or comes back or incase its some thing bad and you need information on it, or incase there is a way to make horses have giraffe markings write it alll down like a scientist.
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