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Taya

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I was just reading throught the topic about which colored horses people like most. I noticed alot of pinto and appy breeders prefer not to have greys incase the foal greys out.

I was wondering what the odds were of this happening?

For instance if you bred a grey mare (grey (non homozygous) x non grey) to a non grey stallion what is the odds of the foal turning grey? Is it 50/50 or are their other factors involved?
 

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From that cross--heterozygous grey x non-grey--each foal has a 50% chance of getting the grey gene and therefore turning grey.
 

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I have a grey mare here who is bred to an appy for next year. She had several foals, only one greyed out.

Her daughter was the grey one, she has had I wanna say 5 foals, again only one has greyed so far.

Yes the chance is 50/50 but I have seen them throw less then 50% and some more then 50%.

To me, I love greys, but a good horse is never a bad color in my eyes. I love color, but that isnt what I breed for.
 

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Think of it as flipping a coin. Each time, you've got a 50% chance of getting heads (grey). But, that doesn't mean you can't flip it 10x and get tails (non grey) each of those times.
 

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Thanks for the replies

Jill I liked they way you explained it! Easy to understand

Im a huge fan of greys
 

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I do think that grays can be absolutely beautiful, I used to have two of them and LOVED the look of them.
But, in an appaloosa program they can be frustrating (get a gorgeous appy just to see all the color turn to white) and since so few people are interested in purchasing gray foals, I sold both of mine. My gray mare had a buckskin, a palomino, then a black that carried the gray gene. As beautiful as grays can be, they just won't work for *my* program (though I have and do breed just solids as well). But gray is NOT a "bad" color by any means!
 

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I am glad to hear at least a few folks like the grays. I have a new filly that was an odd color when she was born...but she is out of a dapple gray mare and my blue roan app...she is going to be a lovely shade of gray...and I just love her.

Becky
 

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I agree with Magic

I LOVE Grays they are So Stunning

but if you are trying for other Colors and Patterns Gray can be a heart breaker jmo
 

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Oh man I LOVE a "true Arabian gray" horse! Would love to have a mare that color some day!
 

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I can imagine how frustrating it would be with color breeding!!

I do love appies (my fave) and would be a bit disapointed if my dream foal which is a black blanket appy (with great conformation and temp of course) went grey even if I adore greys.

Thanks again everyone.
 

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We have admired Egyptian King horses, but with how strong he is for the grey gene, we avoid that line.

It just does not work in our pinto breeding program.
 

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We have admired Egyptian King horses, but with how strong he is for the grey gene, we avoid that line.
Why would you avoid it? You cant get a grey foal with out a grey parent, there are plenty of EK horses that are not grey.
 

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