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So I have a bay Standardbred. She'll be 9 years old in November.
She got white flecking everywhere on her body, but the black on her legs, and the moon on her face. It's not a LOT of white, but it's there. There's also random white hairs in her mane and tail. Year to year, the white shows up a little more. I know that there is such a thing as a bay roan, I've also heard that if one of a horse's parents was a grey, they could turn grey at any point in their life.
What do you guys think?
I want to know what to call her, a bay or a bay roan?
In the picture you can kinda see it on her neck. She has a lot on her butt too, but it's in the darlk.
 

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She is a bay. It is not uncommon for horses to have white hairs flecked through their coats. It is more common in chestnuts, but can happen in all colours. I don't think she is greying - you would generally see that first in her face, and she shows no other signs. If she had no other dense area, I would wonder if that area on her withers was injury related, but since you say it's on her butt too, I doubt it is.
 
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I'd say she's just a plain bay. Bay roams look like this:
http://www.whitehorseproductions.com/images/horsecolor/roans/roan_bay.jpg

The white hairs may be grey coming in but I could be wrong. Do you know her parents colors at all? Does she have a face marking? If so do you have a picture? I've noticed that a lot of greys will have a blurry look to face markings. Her tail should have some white in it too if she were graying.
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If she had no other dense area, I would wonder if that area on her withers was injury related, but since you say it's on her butt too, I doubt it is.
I worried about that spot, but it's been there since I got her two years ago. She was hardly ridden previous to me.
I had not seen her after a few months and the white on her withers and butt had gotten MUCH more noticable. She's just quirky. There's a lot of other bays at my barn and none of them had a white. I thought maybe she was just a little more special<3 hahahah
 

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I'll have to get a picture of another horse at my barn. He's definetly a bay roan, but there's not THAT much white. More than my horse though
 

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Definitely not greying. Just weird white hairs :)
 

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Yay<3 haha
thanks guys(:)
 

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I'll take pictures of all of them
actually i have all but the one i want you to see
 

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You'd know if she was a grey, horses don't grey out at 9, it starts young but goes slower on some horses than it does others.
 

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You'd know if she was a grey, horses don't grey out at 9, it starts young but goes slower on some horses than it does others.
Actually, interestingly, there is a line of PRE horses that are all greying really late, and really slowly. They have tested to be grey.

This is a picture family tree of the horses involved (not my picture, just a really good one to share).


Disclaimer: Not at all implying that the OP's horse is grey, just sharing a cool horse that is :)
 

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That's really awesome, actually! hahah
I wish I knew more about my horse's past. All I know is that her mommy died during labor and she was hand raised.
 

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I'd say she's just a plain bay. Bay roams look like this:
http://www.whitehorseproductions.com/images/horsecolor/roans/roan_bay.jpg

The white hairs may be grey coming in but I could be wrong. Do you know her parents colors at all? Does she have a face marking? If so do you have a picture? I've noticed that a lot of greys will have a blurry look to face markings. Her tail should have some white in it too if she were graying.
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I know that a horse doesn't have to be THAT white to be considered a roan. I'm assuming that would apply to bays too. I dunno. I've seen a lot of roans and they were all super different with the amount of white.
Maybe to be TRULY considered a roan they have to be that white?
 

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To be considered a true (classic) roan, they need a copy of the roan gene. That's all.
 

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Ahh. That can be tested for right?
 

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Yup. And while Standies do have roan, I don't think your girl does.
 
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