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Iloveappys 11-24-2012 12:46 PM

Will he turn gray?
 
I have my eye on a young mustang and he is black. I would love it if he would stay black, but that may not happen. I know the owners and most of their horses are black or gray. As horses age, I know they can turn gray. Is there any chance that he could stay black? Thanks for the help!

Nightside 11-24-2012 12:52 PM

Usually they go gray around the eyes and face first. Since I'm assuming you don't know the color of his parents, it's hard to say.
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Iloveappys 11-24-2012 02:28 PM

He is 5 right now so I think he might stay black. Cross your fingers! I think his parents are black and dark roan so it pretty much could go either way. He could turn roan, who knows.

Poseidon 11-24-2012 02:42 PM

If he's 5 and is not already showing signs of gray, he's not gray. Gray starts at birth. Horses also do not "roan out." If he wasn't born a roan, he's not a roan. You own a black horse.

SunnyMeadeFarm 11-24-2012 03:03 PM

I agree with Poseidon, every horse grays with age but the doesn't mean he's a gray. Grays are born base and start to change shades of gray right after birth, usually around the eyes and muzzle. If he's black at 5 years, with no gray yet he is definitely not gray. He would be a dapple by now at least.

verona1016 11-25-2012 01:32 PM

Yep, if he's not showing signs of graying in his face or tail at this point, it's pretty unlikely that he's gray.

caljane 11-25-2012 08:05 PM

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If he's 5 and is not already showing signs of gray, he's not gray. Gray starts at birth. Horses also do not "roan out." If he wasn't born a roan, he's not a roan. You own a black horse.

I do agree that a 5year old horse either already shows signs of turning gray or he will stay black. He will also not "roan out". But just for an interesting bit of color change: we had a filly last year that was born as sorrel as could be - but "roaned out". Of course, she was born roan, but we sure couldn't tell until she turned about two month old - these are pictures from July, September and October:

BarrelRacingLvr 11-28-2012 04:39 PM

If he is 5 and jet black....he is going to stay black. Like others have said greys start greying out as foals.

Breezy2011 11-28-2012 11:23 PM

This is my filly, she is almost 2, she is black but could she turn brown?

http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphoto...15551468_n.jpg

Phly 11-28-2012 11:49 PM

My horse is grey. But only because he's black turnig grey. Was coal black when I got him, had a few grey hairs. I say a few, as in 20 on his whole body! He has gotten more grey ever since. I got him as a young 3yr old. He's going on five next year. I believe he will be at least mostly grey eventually. http://i1325.photobucket.com/albums/...ps749d6055.jpg head shot. He was BLACK the day I got him.
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