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    02-25-2009, 03:19 AM
  #1
Weanling
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?

Thanks in advance!
     
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    02-25-2009, 10:27 AM
  #2
Foal
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
     
    02-25-2009, 07:05 PM
  #3
Weanling
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
     
    02-25-2009, 07:55 PM
  #4
Foal
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
     
    02-25-2009, 08:04 PM
  #5
Foal
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.
     
    02-25-2009, 08:07 PM
  #6
Showing
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.


     
    02-25-2009, 08:46 PM
  #7
Foal
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.
     
    02-25-2009, 08:53 PM
  #8
Showing
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:
     
    02-25-2009, 08:59 PM
  #9
Trained
OH MY GOODNESS! I WANT!!

ME WANTY!!!!!

     
    02-25-2009, 09:01 PM
  #10
Weanling
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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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