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The GSSH is a jack of all sports. Most GSSHs won't be top performers in any particular discipline, but will perform decently in a variety of them. That said, they also vary greatly in their abilities, and individual GSSHs can incline toward a specific discipline than others (see performance metrics below).
GSSHs don't require specific parentage although their coat does require at least one leopard parent and at least one grey parent. Horses who are homozygous for leopard (carry LL) and are homozygous for grey (carry GG) will always generate GSSHs.
The spotted pattern and the grey gene:
As the horse ages, the grey gene leads to greying of the horse's coat. This means that all the colorful spots gradually turn lighter, and might eventually blend completely in the white areas of the horse's spotted coat. In other words, the grey gene causes the spotted pattern to fade away. This is always the case with homozygous grey (GG) horses, who will always end up white-grey.
There is no way to stop this process in real horses, which is why most real registries of spotted horse breeds ban grey horses from registration and breeding. In Horse Isle, however, breeders can apply Infinitum amulet to stop the horse from aging and, as a result, stop the greying process. That said, this also turns the horse sterile, meaning they won't be able to breed.
We recommend that if you find a horse with a pattern that you love, and you want foals from them, then make sure to breed the horse in question as fast as possible and place the Infinitum before they grow older by a year (this means that mares will have only one foal).
The reason that GSSHs are pretty heterogeneous in their performance is that they are pretty heterogeneous in their conformation. That said, they all have a medium to long head with a slight concave or straight profile, medium to long ears, a relatively high-set neck carried relatively high, a large chest, and long legs.
The hair of the mane and tail is fine and can be wavy. The tail is thin and the mane is short or medium in length (though breeders can try and breed for maneless GSSHs). The legs are clean from feathering.
The following are the: range, average, (SD), and MOE of performance metrics of ordered Grey Spotted Sport Horses in Horse Isle (not bred ones). In rare cases,
Speed: 15.8-17.5, 16.6 (0.4), 0.08.
Sprint: 50-63, 57 (3), 0.61.
Accel: 0.92-1.12, 1.01 (0.04), 0.01.
Decel: 0.83-1.03, 0.92 (0.04), 0.01.
Jump: 5.12-5.43, 5.28 (0.06), 0.01.
Pull: 1.67-2.71, 2.16 (0.2), 0.04.
Turning: 47.33-62.14, 53.64 (2.88), 0.56.
Reverse: 2.3-2.9, 2.6 (0.1), 0.03.
Stamina: 46.85-53.31, 50.46 (1.59), 0.31.
Reaction: 0.81-0.90, 0.85 (0.02), 0.00.
Coats & Height:
Colors: All colors except for dominant-white, but the coat is always grey.
Additionals: all patterns and modifiers except for pinto and manchado.
Metallic note: metallic doesn't naturally exist in this breed but can be bred into it.
Height: 14.2hh to 17.2hh.
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