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ilvponies 07-16-2012 12:45 AM

Fur Patterns
I have a question about my horse's fur! His coat looks healthy and shiny, but when you look at it, the fur goes in different directions making little patterns. He is a chestnut, but the patterns almost look like a paint, where you can see spots and swirls but it is all one color. It almost looks like big hives, but nothing is raised, and he seems to feel fine. Has anyone ever seen this before? He is a Percheron/TB cross. It is mostly on his barrel, and some on his neck.

chandra1313 07-16-2012 12:54 AM

Pics would help, could it be dapples?

ilvponies 07-16-2012 12:57 AM

I will have to get a good pic...all my pictures don't really show it. Do you mean dapples? They would be mostly on the rump, right? This is big a paint.....only all same color. I will post a pic tomorrow.

chandra1313 07-16-2012 01:26 AM

My horse has dapples all along her sides or at least it looks like dapples ;-)

ThirteenAcres 07-16-2012 02:40 AM

Like this?

ilvponies 07-16-2012 10:06 AM

Yes!!! What is that?

ThirteenAcres 07-16-2012 03:11 PM

You know, I'm not 100% sure. This was my friends 2 year old colt. He was completely shed off, and felt sooo slick an soft. But had these patterns in his coat.

But maybe with some pics, someone can shed light on why the coat does this. =)
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Kayella 07-16-2012 03:29 PM

Maybe it is the coat lacking guard hairs? Rex rabbits don't have guard hairs, and their fur is SUPER soft.
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TexanFreedom 07-16-2012 03:38 PM

The only other time I have seen something remotely like this, the animal was chimeric. I don't think this is the case here, though.

Perhaps it is some kind of fur mutation, like curly horses...

ilvponies 07-16-2012 04:28 PM

Well this picture looks exactly like my horse's hair. Maybe it is a mutation.....I had thought about the curly horses too. My horse seems healthy and his coat is good except for this look. Thanks for the comments.....if anyone else has any more info to shed on this , please let me know.

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