Wednesday, June 20, 2018

WW: Greying

Opie is my first grey horse. Before him I've never paid much attention to the greying process of other people's horses, so watching how his coat and markings have changed already even in the short time I've owned him has turned me into kind of an obnoxious child. (Shout out to my barn mate who patiently listened to me as I giddily pointed all things out to her the other day.)

dopes the day i bought him off the backside
10/21/17

he's starting to get a lot of brown on both his shoulders
6/2/18

sometimes it looks more red than brown
6/20/18

what i originally thought was a large white sock all the way up
has turned out to be a normal sized sock with lighter grey hairs
filling out the top of it. it's really noticeable now when he's wet.
6/10/18

and this great big white blaze...

is actually just a great big white snoot that only extends halfway
up his face. the rest is just lighter grey hair--with maybe a star snuck
in there at the top as well!
6/18/18

For those of you with greys (either currently or in the past), how much did your horse's appearance change as they lightened up? Did it take them forever to start to change shade, or was it within a year or two? I'd love to see some posts with pictures on this, too! Lauren just did a really interesting one!

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  1. I love/hate watching Griffin change but agree with you that it's so neat to watch/learn about the process. That's really crazy/cool how Opie's chrome markings weren't quite as they seemed! Funny what time and a wet coat will reveal.

    Grif was DARK when I first met him. By the time he became mine, he had more brown than "black" in his coat. And from there, he's slowly become lighter each year we've been together (6+ now). He's retained a mostly dark mane and top half of his tail - for which I'm grateful as those dark highlights accent his sweet expression. His hind end and legs are retaining darker color longer than his body/neck. Now that you and Lauren have both done posts, I'm feeling the urge to put one together!

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    1. Definitely do a post! I love/hate seeing the progression.

      Opie's mane is silver colored so I think it's going to lighten up in a hurry with the rest of him, but his forelock is black so I dunno how that's going to go. I really like the look of a darker mane and tail as they get whiter.

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  2. I think I would be too sad to own a gray - they’re so so so pretty when they’re so dark that it seems tragically unfair for them to end up going white. It’s cool to see the transformation tho!

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    1. Besides the dirt and the cancer factors, this was more than anything the biggest reason I never wanted a grey!

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  3. The biggest problem with them greying out is that the amount of whitening shampoo you have to purchase increases exponentially with each passing year. Best start budgeting.

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    1. Fortunately he's not big on rolling, so all I have to combat is his nightly poop sleeps which are usually contained to only one or two spots.

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    2. I'd never used Cowboy Magic before either and now it is my bitch lover.

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  4. I've been sad, watching P change colors. When I first got him at 4 years old, he had a lot of brown and was sorta icky looking. Then between 5-7 years old, he had this gorgeous dapple effect going on. Now he's all flea-bitten :(

    BUT...his brain has gotten much better. So pretty and insane vs little dull looking but no long a schizo? I'll take it.

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    1. Haha poor P! His crazies must have faded with his color. ;)

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  5. I have a large gap of Cinnas life where she was WAY TOO FUGLY for pics, haha, but her greying has been interesting. I really loved her color last year but this year we're solidly into fleabitten territory and I'm super bitter about it. I think the weirdest thing for me is that she has one leg that greyed out SUPER early so it looks like she has a sock on that leg -- but she was born with black legs, no white markings at all aside from a small star.

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    1. I didn't even know that they could fake markings with lighter hair lol. THIS IS A WHOLE NEW WORLD TO ME!

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    2. It's so weird because the vets never really know what to do with it on her coggins.... Like, it's not actually a white marking, if you wet the leg the skin is dark... But just glancing at her it looks like a sock? I guess it will only matter for another year or two until she gets gets completely light *sobs*

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  6. I wish you could freeze them in that dark dappled phase!!

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  7. Mine grayed out fairly slowly, but he wasn't as dark as Opie when I got him. I lost him at only 10 years old, so he never got completely white. He was like Opie in that he had a lot of brown in him. We called him rose gray. I think he would have been quite flea bitten if he'd lived to old age.

    Opie is so handsome! It's so funny about that sock and blaze, I thought the same as you initially.

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    1. I liked the brown at first, but now I think it just makes him look kind of dirty which really cramps my grooming OCD. I spend a lot of time currying him furiously trying to get the loose hair to disappear and reveal nice dark grey again. Not sure that's actually working lol.

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  8. He looked almost blue when you first got him, I'm surprised to see so much brown coming through!

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  9. Fascinating! I think I would love watching the transition if I had a grey!

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  10. The greying process is pretty cool!

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