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EQUINE MARKINGS AND COLORS Vet Tech
Classifications of Horses: • A pony is a horse under 14.2 hands tall that weighs between 500 and 900 pounds. • A light horse stands 14.2 to 17 hands tall and weighs between 900 and 1,400 pounds. • A draft horse stands 14.2 to 17.2 hands tall and weighs over 1,400 pounds.
Pony Breeds • Pony of the Americans (POA) • Shetland
Light Horse Breeds • American Quarter Horse (AQHA) • Thoroughbred • Saddlebred • Morgan • Paint • Appaloosa • Arabian
Draft Breeds • Belgian • Clyesdale • Percheron
Common Horse colors and Markings • The five basic colors of horses are bay, white, chestnut, black, and brown. • There are also five variations in horse colors: dun, gray, roan, pinto, and palomino. • The four most common leg markings: coronet, pastern, sock and stocking.
American Paint Horse • A tobiano horse has regular spots, white legs below the knees and hocks, and a head marked like that of a solid-colored horse. • An overo horse has scattered body markings, one or more dark-colored legs, and variable head markings.