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post #1 of 8 Old 05-28-2020, 02:02 AM Thread Starter
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Hey! Hope you're having a great day.
I have a cremello two year old, and (obviously) her skin is pink. I finally managed to get her a fly mask that extends down the nose to protect her skin from the sun (it was nearly impossible to get a hold of in my country), but a major part of the skin on her nose and around her eyes has already turned a brownish black... I thought it was because of the sun, but sunburn isn't supposed to look like that. Any idea why it's happening? I'm really worried about her.
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-28-2020, 08:40 AM
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I'd say not cremello. Skin wouldn't be that dark. Light palomino and perhaps some other modifier plus a white pattern that is giving you the pink skin. Is this the TWH cross? They carry champagne. Photos of body from the side in good light as well as wet could help. From what I can see of the face there is dark skin under the colored part of the coat.

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I'd say not cremello. Skin wouldn't be that dark. Light palomino and perhaps some other modifier plus a white pattern that is giving you the pink skin. Is this the TWH cross? They carry champagne. Photos of body from the side in good light as well as wet could help. From what I can see of the face there is dark skin under the colored part of the coat.
The thing is, her skin used to be a super light pink. I'm worried about it turning black... Thank you anyway!

Edit: Alright, I couldn't find a picture of her from before her skin began to change, but I found this one when it was only starting to darken. She's quite dirty here but it should be fine.
Also, her skin is pink everywhere... when she lost some fur on her body due to a small injury from another horse, the skin underneath was revealed to be pink.
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post #4 of 8 Old 05-28-2020, 03:00 PM
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It is normal for horses born of certain colors to have lighter skin that darkens over time.
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-28-2020, 03:16 PM
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Looks normal to me.
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-28-2020, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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Alright, thanks for the help!
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-29-2020, 02:51 AM
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When a horse with dark skin is scraped the layers under the top are pink. That is not the surface layer. If she has a white pattern then any area the hair is white the skin will be pink and any area the hair is not white the skin will he darker. Unless the horse is gray ( or roan/roaning where white is mixed in with pigmented hair) as that gene affects the hair and not the skin beneath so the skin is dark and light the same as other horses.

Wetting a light colored horse shows you the skin color and where white hair vs hair with pigment is located. I wish I had a picture of my first horse on my computer. She was black with three white socks and a large white blaze. The only time you could tell she was black was when she was born. The gray took over quickly and she went through a lovely steel gray, dappled gray to the final white stage. Once her coat was white all over you didn't see the white pattern that gave her three white socks and a blaze. You just saw a white horse, until she was wet. The skin under the blaze and white socks was pink. All other skin was dark.

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Now I get to eat my hat. Look up Peptocremzemal AQHA stallion. Couldnt get a picture to load. I'd bet there is something g else going on as this is so very out of the ordinary. I am thinking another gene interaction that cancels some of the dilution. I'd test to know for sure. It would be interesting to see your results.

And they say FB, our phones and computers don't spy on us. Yeah, right. No reason for him to show up for me.
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