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ThirteenAcres 06-13-2012 12:13 PM

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.
http://i1258.photobucket.com/albums/.../HollyFoal.jpg

With mommy...
http://i1258.photobucket.com/albums/...ollyFoal-1.jpg


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.
http://i1258.photobucket.com/albums/...lyYearling.jpg

Here you can see the first oval spot that she still has on her left rump side. =)
http://i1258.photobucket.com/albums/.../HollyButt.jpg

Going on 2 now. Greying is progressing pretty fast now.
http://i1258.photobucket.com/albums/...olly2years.jpg


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.
http://i1258.photobucket.com/albums/...ollySilver.jpg

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.
http://i1258.photobucket.com/albums/...ollyWinter.jpg

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.
http://i1258.photobucket.com/albums/...yWithMarks.jpg

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.
http://i1258.photobucket.com/albums/...able/Spots.jpg


May 2012 - 4 years of age - Taken same day as the above butt view. Taken around 3 pm.
http://i1258.photobucket.com/albums/...e/IMG_0150.jpg

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??

BarrelCowgirl 06-13-2012 12:17 PM

Her color changing is quite interesting. I love watching it. I've never seen one change so much.

ThirteenAcres 06-13-2012 12:23 PM

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!

muumi 06-13-2012 12:41 PM

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...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7240/7...4fdc5a40_z.jpg

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...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8161/7...7a7a43be_z.jpg

... but that turned out to be just a shedding phase, and now she's back to black, alas... :-)

ThirteenAcres 06-13-2012 12:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by muumi (Post 1545875)
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...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7240/7...4fdc5a40_z.jpg

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...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8161/7...7a7a43be_z.jpg

... but that turned out to be just a shedding phase, and now she's back to black, alas... :-)

Oh but I love a black horse! It is one color I've never owned, but pine over when I see a truly stunning true black.

I wouldn't be terribly sad if yours continued to transition back to black.

LetAGrlShowU 06-13-2012 12:55 PM

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?

ThirteenAcres 06-13-2012 01:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LetAGrlShowU (Post 1545899)
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?

Hi! No, you are not off base at all. That is another funky thing about greys. She actually does not have any true socks. The sock you are seeing is actually just a shade of grey, as it is not pink based beneath. Her star is lost in her grey face, but if you wet her, you can see the skin there is in fact pink, but lost in the pale shade of her face.

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. =)

ThirteenAcres 06-13-2012 01:11 PM

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.

soenjer55 06-13-2012 01:11 PM

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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.

ThirteenAcres 06-13-2012 01:16 PM

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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