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Hoofprints in the Sand 10-23-2011 12:11 AM

What makes a horse dapple?
I have a buckskin whose dam dapples out so nicely, but my horse does not. I've heard nutrition can be a factor although she's on a multivitamin, omega 3, and amino acids. If it's a nutrition thing, anything in specific that could help?

Also heard it's genetic and she may just not have received that particular gene. Anyone have any insight for me? Just curious :-)
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Poseidon 10-23-2011 01:33 AM

It's usually just the sign of a healthy horse. However, some horses just don't dapple, I've noticed. I don't know of any supplements in particular or anything that make a difference.

Abby only dapples in the fall and winter. Once her winter coat sheds, they go away and she stays dapple free all summer.

bubba13 10-23-2011 03:11 AM

It is, generally, a health thing. Has to do with vascularization or something, or at least that's what I've always been taught. But my Quarter Pony was fat, shiny, and dappled as could be the day he died from cancer. And I have noticed that some colors (duns in particular) do not dapple no matter their condition.

OMG, don't Google it. My brain is bleeding. Check out some of these expert answers: What causes dapples in horses

Hoofprints in the Sand 10-23-2011 08:16 AM

Interesting, thanks!
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Poseidon 10-24-2011 03:14 PM

Interesting, bubba. I'd never reliazed I've never seen a bay or red dun dappled. Have seen a dappled grulla though.

And like bubba also said, health isn't always the cause. Abby was covered in dapples when I foud out she had ulcers.
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amp23 10-24-2011 03:29 PM

I've always wondered why my palomino sometimes looks more dappled than other times... Thanks for starting this thread :)

dunfold 10-24-2011 04:00 PM

I got a perlino mare that is dappled from head to tail.... got to get more pics of her

Saddlebag 10-24-2011 04:20 PM

I boarded a buckskin that dappled in the fall as his winter coat was getting noticeable. During the winter he'd become a dark smokey color then lose it as he shed. My bay and black horses are dappled all winter then seem to lose it when in summer coat.

Hoofprints in the Sand 10-24-2011 05:25 PM

I wish I knew a basic of how much of each vitamin a horse needs in a day, kinda like the % daily value we have on our vitamin bottles ;) it's such a guessing game!
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Hoofprints in the Sand 10-24-2011 05:26 PM

That way I could rule out nutrition completely!
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