My old trainer used to say that ALL grey/white horses eventually get melanoma cancer. Is this true?
Good, because I really love grey horses.The only way to tell for sure a grey horse has skin cancer is to remove the hide (not real great for the horse). Grey horses are slaughtered at a seperate plant than colored horses because of the incidence of cancer so I would say the incidence must be pretty high. Very few horses ever show any signs of it and fewer still ever have to get treatment or put down because of it. It's not something that would factor in to my decision on rather to buy a horse or not.
The only way to tell for sure a grey horse has skin cancer is to remove the hide
My first horse was a flea-bitten grey, QH. She ended up with melanoma, both at tail and in mouth.Is it more likely with certain breeds? All the grey arabs Ive known have never had Melanoma, but quite a few QH have.
Just a side comment on the breed thing...I have a grey arab mare, purebred...almost white...she has two small lumps under her tail...havent had them tested but im pretty sure they are small melanomas...i just sorta watch them...they arent a problem at the current...Is it more likely with certain breeds? All the grey arabs Ive known have never had Melanoma, but quite a few QH have.