Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: knee deep in spring mud
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From what I have been taught and experienced, the white horse is actually a grey, a true white being an albino, pink skinned and rare. There are genetic charts and likely other posters here that can explain this phenomenon if you are interested as this is pretty much all I know : ).
Typically, white, or grey horses, tend to have black skin and it has been common among black-skinned horses to be susceptable to tumours along the lymph system, not always cancerous. This Black Skin Syndrome, as it is known, seems prevalent among Arabians but is not exclusive to them (I think it is simply because they are predominantly black skinned thru-out the breed!).
Horses with white among other colours such as our paints and pintos can range from literally white skin right on thru mottled, speckled, all shades in between to black.