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Clair 04-04-2011 02:43 PM

Why are his legs turning silver?!
My gelding is a 6 year old chestnut quarter horse registered with the AQHA. His sire was black and his mother was sorrel.

He turns a funny dun-like color in the summer, with a black mane and tail and a golden body. No striping though, he's really JUST a chestnut.

However as he loses his winter coat this year, his legs have turned silvery half way up! The aren't true white because he has one back leg sock and its not the same color. It looks rather odd and is a pain to keep clean... Why is this happening? Last summer his legs were rather darker than the rest of him.

I heard it could be nutrition? Why? How do I reverse it?

Last year he was on free choice coastal and ultium grain.

Now he's on a flake of alfalfa, free choice coastal, safe&sound grain, and flax seed supplement.

If anyone want to see- I'll post a before and after pic.
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equus717 04-04-2011 02:48 PM

Yes please post pictures.

Clair 04-04-2011 07:46 PM

Okay- Here we go, pictures

Silvery! That right hind is the only actual sock he has.

Sorry the pics are so enormous!

NdAppy 04-04-2011 09:00 PM

That is totally normal with a red horse. :-) My appy mare gets more of a metallic sheen then anything. Tends to mean good health.

tinyliny 04-04-2011 09:33 PM

Very pretty, healthy horse.

Clair 04-04-2011 09:47 PM

NdAppy- That is so strange! I wonder why it happens? At least its a good thing :)

tinylily- thank you very much :D
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