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  • Mare color change after foaling????

    I have a flaxen chestnut mare, who after her 1st foal, had her coat change. As she started to shed out, her coat was more liver chestnut than red. Before she always shed out a bright red chestnut, now she's a very dark chestnut.

    Has anyone had a mare change color after foaling?

  • #2
    how old is she?

    Chestnuts often do go through quite a few coat changes, sometimes seasonal, but the shade can change as they age.

    Flaxen usually darkens with age.

    Her body color darkening this time is more likely to be related to just being chestnut than foaling LOL
    The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


    • #3
      We have an 11 year old mare that is much darker chestnut this year after she foaled. Of course, her foaling coincided with loosing her winter coat, so who knows if the color change is related to foaling at all.
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      • #4
        Yes I have seen this. Normal chestnut mare went liver with dapples when it foaled. Never was liver or dappled at any other time.

        BTW one of her foals ended up being a liver chestnut


        • #5
          It might also have something to do with diet changes post-foaling to maintain lactation...
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          • #6
            It could just be a typical chesnut thing. I know a chenust mare (never bred) who sheds out any color from pumpkin colored to a dark, dappled liver chesnut.


            • #7
              I have a five year old chestnut mare who changed colors after being bodyclipped this winter. She was a lovely, but regular colored chestnut until she was bodyclipped. Now she has come back as a liver chestnut. It's a definate change in color........I have no idea why!
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              • #8
                Yes, I too have a mare who is a lovely liver chestnut after foaling. The years she has no foal - not nearly as dark
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                • #9
                  I have a chestnut mare with flaxen mane that changes color with the seasons who has never had a foal. Her summer coat is pretty close to liver:

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                  • #10
                    Not food related I was feeding it


                    • #11
                      Many women will tell you that their hair gets darker with each pregnancy as well.....not noticable for those that use a bit of chemical enhancement to their color. My grandmother never cut her hair from the time she was 11 or 12 until just a few months before she died at 88...she had 9 pregnancies with 8 live births and when she took her hair down at night to brush it and then braid it up for the night you could see distinct changes in color for each of those pregnancies and then a steady color until she began getting gray in her late 60's...and finally the almost pure silver she reached at about 75 or so.
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                      • Original Poster

                        Thanks for all the replys!!!


                        • #13
                          This is interesting; my plain chestnut mare who had been the exact same shade of chestnut her entire life, turned a very dark liver chestnut after foaling her first foal at 17 years old.
                          This winter, her winter coat is a darker shade of red-chestnut than it ever was before having a foal.
                          We'll see what this summer brings after her second foal is born!


                          • #14
                            Did you ask the vet?

                            Quick color changes can be from a small infection in weird places like the ear, tooth, glands, etc. too. Know that from experience...

                            Might want to have blood drawn and tested just to be on the safe side...

                            Good luck!