50 Shades of Grey (Ha! No really...Pic Heavy!)
I decided to make a thread for all those grey doubtfuls out there to show my own example of the progression and stages of grey. So feel free to also share yours!
This is 4 year old AQHA Aust N Flowers, or Holly, as I call her. I am posting the pictures of her from birth until now and so on to show how amazing grey can be in changing even week to week!
I'll post the pics with approximate age and month if I can remember as well as the time of day so you can make your judgments on how the sun may be affecting the picture quality.
Day 1 - Birth, Sorrel with a star and sock, obviously taken at night.
Approx. 12-15 months old - By now you can start to see the beginnings of the grey affecting her coat. This is also when the first appearance of her spots occured.
Here you can see the first oval spot that she still has on her left rump side. =)
Going on 2 now. Greying is progressing pretty fast now.
This was Holly on the day I went to see her for the first time. This photo was taken in November of 2011. I call this her "steel" stage. Shows the spot on her left side again. 3 years old here.
This was taken in December of 2011. She's already changing again at this point. My first experience with her shade changes. She appears more "roany" to me at this point.
This is Holly back when the grass first started coming in. So approx February of 2012. Again, taken around 3-4 pm. This is the bluer stage she went through before beginning to lighten up again.
4 years of age (May 2012), taken in the shade of the stall. These are the increased spots she's developed. You can also compare the color of her tail as opposed to her sorrel stage.
May 2012 - 4 years of age - Taken same day as the above butt view. Taken around 3 pm.
I'll take some new pics today. In the pasture yesterday I noticed that she's sporting another round of reddish/yellow hues in her coat. Never gets boring with a grey!
Anyone else have some drastic coat changes in their greys they wanna share??
Her color changing is quite interesting. I love watching it. I've never seen one change so much.
I never get bored of her color, that's for sure. She has some funky things that happen and it always leaves me wondering. Those spots are my favorite at this point in time. I hope they stay! It seems some have been around since the first stages of her greying, so maybe it isn't crazy to hope!
Something crazy happened between ages 2 and 3!
She's gorgeous! Its also really unbelievable the transformation she went through!
I have a grey, but she's nothing like that dramatic... she was born black and is now, at 3, still pretty much black with some scattered white hairs...
Although, last spring, she went through a phase where for a few weeks she almost had a white 'frosted blanket' over her buttocks which I loved...
... but that turned out to be just a shedding phase, and now she's back to black, alas... :-)
I wouldn't be terribly sad if yours continued to transition back to black.
What age did you get her at? I ask this because when i look at the 2 year old and then at the 3rd old, the markings on the forehead don't match. The photo with the baby and her mom also shows a foal with no left front sock. Your grey horse has a sock in all the pics.
I dont know much about genes so I am aware that I could be completely off base, im just wondering if maybw the told owner sent you wrong pictures?
I'm very confident all these pictures are in fact of the same horse. I posted random pictures, but one of the most solid proof is in the large oval on her butt. She has it in all her pictures from around 1 to now. It is always there no matter how she changes. =)
Oh! I forgot to answer the original question. I've owned her since she was 3. And the breeder didn't send me these pictures, I actually pulled them from her blog with her permission. The blog goes back with entries dating back to when the mare was confirmed in foal all the way up to right before I took ownership of her. She remained with this breeder from birth until I came to take her.
Here are some progress pics for my arabian, envi- I bought him as a two year old, the first picture is from his ad (he looks a bit darker because he was wet), and so forth. I believe he was born a bay, and when I first saw him he was a dark charcoal color with a reddish hue- he still had some bay coat left. He has been getting a lighter shade of grey pretty steadily, with flecking and some dapples. The last picture, he has dirt on him, lol- other than that he is completely grey, no color except for a bit of red from his bay coat still on his bum.
What do you make of his butt spots? I am still a tad confused on my mare's spots. They have increased a ton, but some go back to when she was a yearling and have never left.
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