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Gray horses are born with dark coat color, and their color lightens to almost white over time.  This horse's coat color pattern, called flea-bitten gray, is a light gray with numerous small, dark flecks all over.  Some people believe the color of the flecks is determined by the horse's coat color at birth, which may be brown, bay, black, chestnut, etc.  However, others believe that this has not been established definitively.

Flea-bitten gray color in horses

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Description: Gray horses are born with dark coat color, and their color lightens to almost white over time. This horse's coat color pattern, called flea-bitten gray, is a light gray with numerous small, dark flecks all over. Some people believe the color of the flecks is determined by the horse's coat color at birth, which may be brown, bay, black, chestnut, etc. However, others believe that this has not been established definitively.

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