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    Quote Originally Posted by deltawave View Post
    But track horses who are gray are typically at that "gorgeous" phase of their lives--dapples everywhere, etc. They make a pretty picture, and eye candy must sell at least on some level! A dark bay with four stockings and a blaze will automatically be marked up, too, because they're uncommon.
    That's true ... Most of the OTTBs being sold directly from the track are in that age group wherer they are lovely, dark dappled gray ... And it's amazing how many people don't seem to realize that they all eventually turn white or flea bitten. And there does seem to be a bit of a premium on chrome, too ... Just maybe not quite to the extent that there is on grays.



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    Gimme a grey with black legs and a black mane and tail and I will swoon like no one's business. Now I have owned a few greys and not only are they a PITA to keep clean but every nick and scrape can be seen from a mile away and if its an old cow pony a few well placed black scars look like they have been through world war three. But alas I love them though color is not a deciding factor for me. On the other hand if I have the choice between a bay with no markings or a chestnut with no markings, I always head for the chestnut. Anything other than bay for me.
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    My previous horse was a grey, wasn't looking for that color in particular, he was so lovely, big dapples, wasn't why I bought him but he sure was pretty and made alot of people swoon. In the three years I owned him he was never clean again for more than ten minutes after a bath and at the end the dapples were mostly gone and he was essentially white. I did notice he was harder to get clean, his coat was an entirely different texture than any other color horse I have ever owned. It was weird. My new horse is a seal/black bay with no white except a blaze and that is just fine with me. WAY less work to get clean.



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    I've owned/ridden a good number of greys and paints. Come to think of it almost all the pictures I have of me at a show, I'm on a grey or paint... I think I'm a grey magnet or something haha! I love them! Sure, you can see the dirt more, but I have found a good routine for getting them clean for shows and there's nothing more satisfying than a spotless grey horse.

    Before I got my mare I set out to buy a bay or chestnut (I did want some chrome too) and ended up with another grey. But I love her and she's absolutely wonderful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by judybigredpony View Post
    Regulary when selling a grey during the PPE buyer brings up melanoma...and every vet will reply the horse will die from something else before from a skin melanoma
    This what I have heard from my vet regarding my boy's melanomas. He's 22 this year, with the throatlatch lump like EventerAJ--but on the left side. I worry whether asking him to come on the bit is being mean; at least when he does it fairly willingly I'm pretty sure he's ok with it.



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    I'm also in the "no grays" camp, though I wouldn't turn a horse down based on color alone. As a kid I rode at a barn with lots of grays. They were all lovely, dappled, and in varying hues, and now 10 years later they are all the same shade of "white"

    I once emailed a seller about a horse on Dreamhorse. The horse I was asking about was a chestnut; the woman told me more about that particular horse, and then told me that there was another one available, but he cost more because he was gray. Haha at least she was straightforward about it, though I would want to pay LESS for a gray horse



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    Gray has always been my sucker color. Every one of my childhood horses was a gray mare of some sort. First adult horse was another gray mare. Then I discovered geldings! And, yes, again gray. This is my now retired 22yo OTTB. http://nancyreynolds0519.shutterfly....ctures/222#222
    He is dazzling when he is cleaned up!

    This is the same horse, er, pig in his more preferred state.
    http://nancyreynolds0519.shutterfly....ctures/222#225

    I hunted him for several years when I was hunt staff. That means cleaned up just as you would for show (except braiding) - twice a week from July through March!!! I should have bought stock in QuickSilver shampoo. By far the best for a gray!

    I have bought 4 bays in a row now! New horse has a pretty big blaze and two white socks. I almost passed on him because he had too much chrome!!

    BTW - Blue (the gray) does have a couple small melanomas under his tail. They didn't show up until he was 12 or 13 and they really haven't changed much since.
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    Just my expereince - I've purchased 3 OTTB's direct from the track, a liver chestnut, a chestnut, and the most recent a gray. All three fancy and well put together, and I paid the most for the chestnut, and the liver and gray were the same price, but all three within a few hundred dollars.

    I never went shopping for a gray, and next time, I will not even look at a gray. They are beautiful when clean...but mine is extra piggy and wants to be a spotted palomino!



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    Just an FYI, chesnut-based grays are the least likely to get melanomas, black (non-bay) the most. Homozygous grays and those that have skin depigmentation are also more likely to develop melanomas.

    Me, I'm a sucker for black or that nearly black-bay... and if TBs commonly came in buckskin, I would be a complete sucker for them too. White is too much work to wash.


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    Quote Originally Posted by baxtersmom View Post
    Homozygous grays and those that have skin depigmentation are also more likely to develop melanomas.
    Hi baxtersmom - what can you tell me about skin depigmentation? My gray has many areas where black skin has turned pink. When I first got him at 8yo, there was NO pink skin any where. Over the years he began to lose pigment in some places permanently. And most weird - he gets large pink areas on his belly that move around. They are most noticeable when he is wet from a bath.

    My vet and I sent some pix to a DVM Derm specialist and he called it equine leukoderma (I think) and said it was basically an equine form of vitiligo.

    Just curious if this is what you were referring to?
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    Is it a gray with skin depigmentation or another color?

    The depigmentation on grays is usually (but not always) associated with G/G homozygotes, who have a double-whammy of the "overproduce melanin" signalling molecule (in grays, early overproduction of pigment results in later loss of pigmentation due to exhaustion of the cells that produce pigment in the hair and sometimes the skin; this is also why grays are usually so dark at birth). This "revving up" process is what also leads to the development of the melanoma tumors.

    In a non-gray horse, I would think that it would be a different process.



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    Quote Originally Posted by baxtersmom View Post
    Just an FYI, chesnut-based grays are the least likely to get melanomas, black (non-bay) the most. Homozygous grays and those that have skin depigmentation are also more likely to develop melanomas.
    That's interesting. I have noticed that most chestnut-based grays tend to go "white" very young, while the black-based chestnuts stay darker and dappled longer. (Seen a lot of yearling TBs and young racehorses-- the Tapits, like Hansen, end up white as yearlings/2yos, the Unbridled's Songs stay dark till age 6.) My vet told me he sees most melanomas develop as the dapples fade and the fleabites appear-- that was true for my mare. I don't know what color she was at birth, her sire was bay and she has bay elsewhere on the dam's side (obviously the dam was gray!).


    Curious-- do the chestnut-based grays not get flea-bitten? Are they the ones that stay pure white? Do only dappled (black-based) grays end up with fleabites?
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    Quote Originally Posted by judybigredpony View Post
    Regulary when selling a grey during the PPE buyer bringsupmelanome...and every vets will reply the horse will die from something else before from a skin melanoma and to date I have never ever has a grey who was found with a melanoma..
    Well, melanoma might not kill'em, but I've got one who's been forced into early retirement. Sound as a bell, but being slowly choked. Already had surgery done on the throat latch area on both sides several years ago. Perfectly sound horse. Very annoying.



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    I have a grey OTTB, and I don't have any more trouble keeping him clean than any other horse in the barn. I bed my stalls, I groom and brush, I do use a little showsheen on the tail and knees to help the dirt slide off. Get gets only spot baths in winter to get the manure stains off, usually can wipe them off with a damp sponge, which is what I would do on the bays and browns, too.He has a lot of clothes -- keeping a good blanket or sheet on him most of the time is a big help but all my horses will be wearing the same weight, no matter what color they are, if it is cold - they will get a good weight, if not, just a sheet. I don't get the reluctance to groom a horse just because their coat is a different color. They all need to be kept clean, and regularly groomed. Duh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baxtersmom View Post
    Is it a gray with skin depigmentation or another color?

    The depigmentation on grays is usually (but not always) associated with G/G homozygotes, who have a double-whammy of the "overproduce melanin" signalling molecule (in grays, early overproduction of pigment results in later loss of pigmentation due to exhaustion of the cells that produce pigment in the hair and sometimes the skin; this is also why grays are usually so dark at birth). This "revving up" process is what also leads to the development of the melanoma tumors.

    In a non-gray horse, I would think that it would be a different process.
    Yes, he is gray. Very fleabitten now at 22yo. I got him at 8yo and he still had some dappling with dark edges on his legs and butt, but was mostly fleabitten even then. I don't know what color he was at birth. I think he is likely black based, not red based.

    Sire was Darn That Alarm, a fairly well known TB sire in FL. His get were successful - with the chasers doing better than the flat racers. My guy could literally be a clone of DTA who was gray with gray ancestors in every generation. Interestingly, my guy's dam was dark bay with no gray ancestor until her third generation back. And that was only one gray out of the 8 3rd gen ancestors. I wouldn't have suspected he was homozygous, but obviously it's possible. Have had too much wine at this point to calculate the odds... (I was a Bio/Chem major and was a genetics-junkie, but like I said, time and wine...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by retreadeventer View Post
    I have a grey OTTB, and I don't have any more trouble keeping him clean than any other horse in the barn. <snip> They all need to be kept clean, and regularly groomed. Duh.
    You live up in sandy DE, right? Try keeping a wanna-be pig, whose legs are as white as his body, clean in Carolina red clay mud. It's not just dirt - it's stain. It doesn't come off with brushing!
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    Fasig-Tipton (the major TB sale ventue) did a study many years ago and found that all things equal...the gray sale horses brought as much as 25% more than any other color!! Apparently the buyers of those horses are not always the grooms!!!
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    This reminds me of my good friend horse shopping a couple years ago. She HAD to have a big gray fancy warmblood show hunter and that's all there was to it. Huge gray horse after huge gray horse after huge gray horse... and what does she FINALLY buy? A plain bay 16.0 hand connemara/TB cross. Bless her heart.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Fox Wood Farm View Post
    Sire was Darn That Alarm, a fairly well known TB sire in FL. His get were successful - with the chasers doing better than the flat racers. My guy could literally be a clone of DTA who was gray with gray ancestors in every generation. Interestingly, my guy's dam was dark bay with no gray ancestor until her third generation back. And that was only one gray out of the 8 3rd gen ancestors. I wouldn't have suspected he was homozygous, but obviously it's possible. Have had too much wine at this point to calculate the odds... (I was a Bio/Chem major and was a genetics-junkie, but like I said, time and wine...)
    Actually, your horse cannot be homozygous gray, as you said his dam was dark bay. Gray is dominant to all colors. A homozygous gray can only happen from two gray parents; a gray x non-gray will only result in a heterozygous gray or a non-gray.
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    [QUOTE]
    Quote Originally Posted by EventerAJ View Post
    Actually, your horse cannot be homozygous gray, as you said his dam was dark bay. Gray is dominant to all colors. tA homozygous gray can only happen from two gray parents; a gray x non-gray will only result in a heterozygous gray or a non-gray.
    I thought that the equine gray gene was more complicated than straight single dominance? One of those "fuzzy" traits more like human eye color than an absolute... But I'm no expert!

    Thanks for the input!
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