Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
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Charlie is grey, due to the fact I did not realize her sire carried the greying gene, when breeding to him via transported semen (just looked like a black leopard in App Journal. I now know that the greying gene can act at different rates in Apps, on base coat or any markings
Anyway, she is fine so far, at age 11, but I would never purposely buy a grey horse
Yes, melanoma is usually way less malignant in them that in people, or than in non grey horses, for that matter. Non greys can get melanoma, but it is way less common.
\There is a theory that since grey horses have been around for along time, after that first mutation, and people even selecting for them, that they built in some sort of protective mechanism, far as controlling how aggressive melanoma is in them (most times )
Even if that melanoma does not get deadly, far as spreading to vital organs, there still remains the fact that there can be growths that obstruct the bowel, etc I would not purposely buy a grey horse, but that is just me