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Mercy143 08-04-2011 12:01 AM

Palomino filly aquiring black spots
My yearling filly was born a palomino
I have been seeing lots of black spots showing up on her. She has them on her hips her face and now I am noticing them in her mane and her tail has a black ring around it.
Her dam is a breeding stock paint who was born black but is now a red and black flea bitten grey and her sire is a palomino and white paint. I have no clue what is happening with her coat. Does anyone have experience with something like this?

Sorry if the pictures are big not sure how to change that. There are more pictures of her in my album.

trailhorserider 08-04-2011 12:51 AM

I would suspect she is either a sooty palomino or turning gray.

crimson88 08-04-2011 01:18 AM

Shes a real cutie! I'm by no means an expert but I would probably guess that she is in the process of turning grey.

paintedpastures 08-04-2011 01:18 AM

It is not uncommon to see those on a palomino they are called Bend Or spots.

Mercy143 08-04-2011 01:36 AM

I sure hope she isn't turning grey. Sooty palomino would be interesting the Lady who owns her sire said when he threw palominos they tended to be darker. I haven't been around many palominos so these black spots are interesting. I have also noticed a few spots where she seems to be getting more white. on one hind leg she has a spot that is almost a square of lighter hair.
haven't seen an injury here so it seems strange to have this kind of marking

candandy49 08-04-2011 08:47 AM

For the time being those black spots are called Bender Spots named so after a long-time ago Thoroughbred whose name was Bender. He was the one who first displayed those dark spots on his body and thus became named after/for him.

As for her turning grey, only time will tell, but certainly could be a possibility.

trailhorserider 08-04-2011 10:48 PM

I don't have any advice on the white or black spots. But if her dam was a gray, they she has a 50% chance of turning gray. Right now I would call her a sooty palomino. And if she turns gray she is still a sooty palomino- just a sooty palomino going gray.

Does anyone know if the legs are a typical color for a palomino foal? One of the signs of a gray is that they are born with darker legs than a normal foal of that color. In her baby picture, her legs do look a bit dark. But I am not familiar with what palominos are born looking like.

Chiilaa 08-04-2011 11:20 PM

My gut instinct here is telling me she is going to grey out.

As a newborn, her colouring is fairly typical palomino, although maybe her legs could be lighter. It also looks like she has white eyelashes, which is a big indicator for grey, but that could be the lighting/quality of the photo.

As a yearling, however, grey seems much more likely to me. Sooty usually starts on the top of the body - like the horse has had a bucket of soot dropped on them. The dark colour to her legs makes me think it is grey, rather than sooty. And if that is the case, then the black spots on her coat and in her tail would most likely be caused by grey rather than sooty too IMHO.

HorseLovinLady 08-05-2011 10:35 PM

I'm no expert but she looks to be turning gray. She's a pretty girl too!! :-)

PecuniaMiAmor 08-06-2011 12:31 AM

I'll add to the "going grey" group. But right now, sooty pali with Bend Ors.

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