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post #1 of 21 Old 02-25-2009, 03:19 AM Thread Starter
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white flecks and specks

I bought my thoroughbred mare as a 3yo 2 years ago from the slaught pen. She is dark brown in colour. When I got her she was solid brown, not a white hair on her (once her fur grew back properly that is) apart from her 1 sock and the stripe on her face. About a year ago she started to get white hairs all over her body except her legs. Over the past year she has goten more and more white hairs. From a distance you can't tell but close up they are every where. This week she has gotten a white spot on her rump and one on her shoulder, they are only small. I've heard that thoroughbreds commonly get these flecks and specks but that's all I know. Can anyone tell me more? How many spots is she going to get? Does anyone have photos of other horses who have developed these spots?

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post #2 of 21 Old 02-25-2009, 10:27 AM
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My old horse was solid brown and as he aged he got more and more spots. He does have thorobred in his pedigree but he's a paint/pinto.

this is when he started to get them
this is him at 15 yo
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post #3 of 21 Old 02-25-2009, 07:05 PM Thread Starter
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wow he has lots of spots!! Nelly only has two spots at the moment but that's exactly what they look like. How old was he in your first pic? Thanks
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I have found a few TB's to grey out, they are always darker when they are young and usually starts at about 4-5yo
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he was about 8 in the picture, he was solid when I go thim at 3yo. It started with one , then every year wehn he shed out he'd have more. I bet he'd be almost white now, lol. I had to put him down after the last photos were taken. He was very unique.
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Could it be something like this?

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Birdcatcher spots, named for the Thoroughbred stallion who exhibited them, are small, round, white spots scattered throughout a horse's coat. In many cases, the spots appear and grow in number for a period of years, and then gradually fade away. Sometimes, the spots will persist throughout a horse's lifetime.



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might be, the funny thing is I saw Cowboys full brother who was 1 year younger than him and no spots. I do think its genetic though.
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Denny is a Sabino Chestnut with grey flecks all through his hair... I'll see if I can find a picture.



Because he's a sabino, his white markings "blend" into his chestnut color, instead of having very definite edges:


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post #10 of 21 Old 02-25-2009, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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I have found a few TB's to grey out, they are always darker when they are young and usually starts at about 4-5yo
Grey out as in turn fully grey? She has grey in her bloodlines but they are a far way back a few generations.

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Could it be something like this?


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Birdcatcher spots, named for the Thoroughbred stallion who exhibited them, are small, round, white spots scattered throughout a horse's coat. In many cases, the spots appear and grow in number for a period of years, and then gradually fade away. Sometimes, the spots will persist throughout a horse's lifetime.
Yea I read about that, I was thinking it could be that too.


I don't know if tis in her genes or not, but she's getting them. She only has two at the moment and they look odd. I hope she gets heaps of dots, at least she will then look interesting rather than just two spots that look like bird poo! LOL!
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