Greying in older horses?! - The Horse Forum

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 15 Old 05-25-2010, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Georgia
Posts: 136
• Horses: 2
Smile Greying in older horses?!

I have a Mustang born in '06. She is Bay with two rear white stockings and a huge white blaze. Recently, I've noticed more and more random white hairs in her coat especially around her hip. Also, the insides of both of her front legs are basically turning white. I know that if she is greying, she's a really late greyer, but where would the greying generally begin, and do you think she will grey all the way out? :) I'll try to get pictures later today or tomorrow!! :) Thank you!

~ SabreBaby. :)
SabreBaby is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 Old 05-25-2010, 10:12 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
Posts: 16,272
• Horses: 3
She's only 4 y/o, so I'd hardly call her 'older'.

Sounds like she's roaning, not so much going completely grey.
Speed Racer is offline  
post #3 of 15 Old 05-25-2010, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Georgia
Posts: 136
• Horses: 2
I know. :) I just meant 'older' as opposed to most horses who begin to grey in their first year. Sorry... :) I can see where you're coming from though. So horses roan also? They don't have to be born roan?

~ SabreBaby. :)
SabreBaby is offline  
post #4 of 15 Old 05-25-2010, 10:25 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
Posts: 16,272
• Horses: 3
No ma'am, they just need to have the roaning gene. Some horses don't roan until they're adults.

I know a black Arab stallion who has the roaning gene. He didn't start to roan out until a year or so ago, and he's 10 this year.
Speed Racer is offline  
post #5 of 15 Old 05-25-2010, 10:28 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 191
• Horses: 2
That's really interesting. I just got an arab gelding who is in his 20's and he has heavy roaning in his fase and front legs only. Has anybody heard of a horse getting grey hairs when very old, kind of like a person going grey?
GoldSahara is offline  
post #6 of 15 Old 05-25-2010, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Georgia
Posts: 136
• Horses: 2
Ohh. :) Very interesting. Thank you!! For some reason, roaning never occured to me. I'll have to go find some more info on that!

~ SabreBaby. :)
SabreBaby is offline  
post #7 of 15 Old 05-25-2010, 10:40 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
Posts: 16,272
• Horses: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by GoldSahara View Post
That's really interesting. I just got an arab gelding who is in his 20's and he has heavy roaning in his fase and front legs only. Has anybody heard of a horse getting grey hairs when very old, kind of like a person going grey?
Gold, that's probably not roaning so much as just greying like us old folks do!

My now deceased gelding started getting grey hairs in his tail and mane, as well as greying out around his muzzle and jowl areas when he got into his 20s. My 24 y/o gelding is now doing the same thing.
Speed Racer is offline  
post #8 of 15 Old 05-25-2010, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Georgia
Posts: 136
• Horses: 2
I've been reading some things on other sites, and now I'm beginning to think she's rabicano, because she has the 'coon-tailing' (white bars) at the base of her tail. :)

~ SabreBaby. :)
SabreBaby is offline  
post #9 of 15 Old 05-25-2010, 10:56 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
Posts: 16,272
• Horses: 3
Rabicano is a type of roaning.

Definitely sounds like your girl is rabicano, if she has the 'skunk' or 'coon' tail. That's usually one of the primary signs.
Speed Racer is offline  
post #10 of 15 Old 05-25-2010, 11:08 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Minnesota, USA
Posts: 537
• Horses: 3
My little pinto pony Patches is starting to roan out in his hip/belly areas. He was 11 or 12 when this started. Sometimes it will shed out with extra currying, but for the most part it stays.

One of my geldings, Scotch, was born a roan. Each year he seems to get "roanier." Just looking at a picture from last summer, he looks lighter. He is going on 16 years though, so that may be the reason.
CharliGirl is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
large lump on older horses throat!!! chika1235 Horse Health 5 07-21-2009 09:43 PM
Supplements for older horses? Stella4334 Horse Breeds 2 06-19-2009 11:17 PM
Opinions/Advice for Buying Older Horses? ShannonSevenfold Horse Talk 5 06-09-2009 04:11 PM
Advice Needed on Training Older Horses. kaykat31 Horse Training 3 02-16-2009 11:24 AM
Who Has Older Horses? ddewey Horse Health 20 11-09-2008 05:17 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome