Monday, August 10, 2009

Dappling Pattern on Non-Grey Horses

I might not have gotten a true dapple grey horse in our herd, but last night when I went out to feed I noticed in the light of the evening sun that my bay gelding has a dapple pattern on his coat. Since I had always thought that dapples were part of the grey gene, I was surprised to see them on Will. I started researching “dappling” this morning and all I could find was that this is most likely called a dappling “bloom” which is found on healthy, maybe slightly overweight horses and will disappear if the horse loses condition.

I guess my feeding program is working, since Will is in good coat and is in good body condition: he's obviously not underweight!


Sue Bendson said...

Hi Kathy!

I too have non-grey horses with dappling. My buckskin is incredibly/noticeably dappled, and my bay also is dappled. Much easier to see it on my dark sooty colored buckskin than my bay but none-the-less, both mares are sporting the dapple-coat.

I have read that dappling indicates good body condition. That's what we strive for and that is one of my indicators of such! Love your posts. Thanks for sharing!


mpleasance said...

Hey Kathy,

I also had a dapple bay and didn't know that if she had dapples she was healthy. Thanks for the information. I'm so glad to know she is in good shape :)