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phoenix 06-07-2010 09:09 AM

Greying horse
 
Hi, my mustang/appaloosa Phoenix is 8 (he'll be 9 next week), he's black with a white star and since he shed out i've noticed he has white hairs coming through all along his body. He's never had white hairs anywhere before and i was wondering if anyone might know what it is.

http://www.horseforum.com/members/15...airs-11849.jpg

http://www.horseforum.com/members/15...airs-11848.jpg

http://www.horseforum.com/members/15...area-11847.jpg

(hopefully my photos attached properly)

Any ideas? thanks :)

Eastowest 06-07-2010 09:27 AM

Does he have any appaloosa characteristics? (mottled skin, white sclera of the eye, striped hooves on non-white-marked legs, etc.) If so, the white hairs could be roaning caused by the action of LP, (LP is what the "on off switch" for appaloosa coloring is commonly called.) Some horses with LP roan very little and/or very gradually, and it can start well into adulthood.

phoenix 06-07-2010 10:53 AM

No, he doesn't have any appaloosa characteristics. he is all black, no striped hooves, no mottled skin as far as i can tell. i thought it might be something to do with his appaloosa side coming out but i wasn't too sure what.

mct97 06-08-2010 05:30 PM

He's probably turning gray.

smrobs 06-08-2010 06:19 PM

No, if he were going to turn gray, then that would have started years ago. I am more willing to bet that it is the LP gene throwing some roaning on him.

Cat 06-08-2010 07:09 PM

Do you have a picture of his face & face markings? This very well could be the sabino gene at work as well. My one haflinger developed roaning like that after coming here as (started as a 5-6 year old) and he has the sabino gene.

phoenix 06-08-2010 08:33 PM

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Originally Posted by Cat (Post 655163)
Do you have a picture of his face & face markings? This very well could be the sabino gene at work as well. My one haflinger developed roaning like that after coming here as (started as a 5-6 year old) and he has the sabino gene.

yeah sure.

http://www.horseforum.com/members/15...0037-11897.jpg

he only has the white star, mind since this has been happening i've noticed a few white hairs under his jaw and on his cheeks.

and in case anyone is interested this is what the rest of him looks like:

http://www.horseforum.com/members/15...0365-11896.jpg

yes, he's chubby, hes on a constant diet and wears a grazing muzzle when turned out but we have really good grass here. he's losing weight just fairly slowly. and from this distance you can't see the white hairs very well, just when you get up close.

smrobs 06-08-2010 08:41 PM

Wow, he's a good looking boy.

phoenix 06-08-2010 08:47 PM

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Originally Posted by smrobs (Post 655213)
Wow, he's a good looking boy.

Thanks. If only he wasn't such a big baby he'd be perfect :D

CloudsMystique 06-15-2010 04:58 PM

I can't really tell you why he's graying, but I can tell you it's definitely not the gray gene. If it were, he would be around this color by now: http://www.todalystables.com/pb/wp_e...3b81397231.jpg

How many spots are there? Could they be scars or burns?


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