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post #11 of 15 Old 01-11-2015, 11:24 AM
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We have an appy gelding who started life who knows what color, but is a VERY whited out grey now with 90%+ pink skin. He is ~16 years old. We only got him in October, but definitely he was not very kid-glove handled because of being white with pink skin.
He is fine. His nose area looks a bit rough at times during the summer; the old owner said, so she put sunscreen on him and made sure he had trees to go in if needed. His summer coat also seems quite thin, but again, he seems fine. :)

Funnily enough, his winter coat is very thick compared to our bay mustang and buttermilk buckskin. I can only assume it is nature's way of taking care of the horse who can't absorb the sun's heat as well on such a pale coat. :)
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post #12 of 15 Old 01-11-2015, 12:35 PM
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I have not one but two with pink skin (yeay for me)....not everywhere but definitely something I am careful with. My solution is baby sunblock :) Their backs etc aren't the issue...but sunburned noses can be.

Your horse is def grey...and should not pose an issue.
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post #13 of 15 Old 01-11-2015, 04:46 PM
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Only the pink skinned will suffer with sunburn - though all horses need shade from the hot sun just as we do
Greys are more prone to melanomas but they aren't (as far as I now) related to sun exposure. They can appear anywhere including inside the mouth but the underside of the dock is a common starting place
I don't think the horse is overweight - he looks like an Irish draft type and will never be a slender TB
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post #14 of 15 Old 01-11-2015, 05:42 PM
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I do not believe gray horse melanomas are related to sun exposure, it is just a genetic risk with owning a gray horse.

I love grays! I have/had three so I'm very partial to them.

I just wanted to say he is so darn handsome! I love, love, love his heavy bone and nice big feet and nice sturdy conformation. I wish there were more horses built like him in Arizona! That is pretty close to my dream horse you have there.

There's a lot of stupid out there!
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post #15 of 15 Old 01-11-2015, 05:57 PM
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He's a beauty! I wouldn't worry too much about his skin. He seems fine. As far as his weight goes, he looks to me like he just needs some exercise.
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