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Equine Colors and Markings. Equine Science I Scott Robison. Basic Body Colors. a. Bay b. Black c. Brown d. Chestnut. e. White. Bay. A horse that always has a black mane and tail, usually black points, remaining body color varying from tan to brown. Black.

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equine colors and markings

Equine Colors and Markings

Equine Science I

Scott Robison

basic body colors
Basic Body Colors
  • a. Bay
  • b. Black
  • c. Brown
  • d. Chestnut.
  • e. White
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Bay
  • A horse that always has a black mane and tail, usually black points, remaining body color varying from tan to brown.
black
Black
  • Black refers to a horse that is solid black all over its body with light areas.
brown
Brown
  • A brown horse varies from medium to dark, almost black, brown with a black mane and tail.
  • A brown can always be distinguished from a black by the light areas at the muzzle, eyes, flanks and inside the upper legs.
chestnut
Chestnut
  • Dark red or brownish red with the mane and tail either the same or lighter in color than the body
white
White
  • A white horse has pure white hair, pink skin and brown, hazel or blue eyes.
color variations
Color Variations
  • Appaloosa
  • Roan
  • Paint and Pinto
  • Palomino
  • Gray
  • Dun
appaloosa
Appaloosa
  • Horses which have a spotting pattern either over the hips or scattered over the body.
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Roan
  • Horses which have a mixture of white and colored hairs.
paint and pinto
Paint and Pinto
  • Horses which have a combination of white with colored markings.
  • The two most common patterns are tobiano and overo.
palomino
Palomino
  • Horses which are a golden color, with a white or light colored mane and tail.
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Gray
  • Horses which have a mixture of white hairs with any colored hairs.
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Dun
  • Horses have a yellowish or gold body color with a mane and tail of varying colors with dorsal stripes, zebra stripes on legs and transverse stripes on withers.
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Horse Face and Leg

Markings

From foukeffa.org

Written by Michelle Jackson

Ag Student Texas A&M

GA Ag Ed Curriculum Office

To accompany the Georgia Agriculture Education Curriculum

Course 02422

July 2001

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Star

  • White marking between

eyes.

  • Comes in many shapes.
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Stripe

  • Thin line down

front of nose

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SNIP

  • Small white fleck

between nostrils.

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BLAZE

  • Thick white line down

front of nose. Horse also

has a star.

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BALD

  • Very wide blaze that extends to and may cover the eyes, nostrils, and upper lip.
  • Horses with bald faces often have white that extends to the lower lip as well.
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SOCK

  • Small white

marking up to

and including

the pastern.

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WHITE HEEL

  • Small white

marking on the

heel, at the

back of the hoof..

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STOCKING

  • White marking finishing around the knee or hock.
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HALF STOCKING

  • White marking

that ends around

half-way up the

cannon bone.

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CORONET BAND

  • Small white ring around the coronet band, above the hoof.
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IRREGULAR STOCKING

  • Stocking that continues up the leg
  • Stocking that continues up the leg, but only partially.