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  1. Equine Colors and Markings Equine Science I Mike Gowans

  2. Basic Body Colors • a. Bay • b. Black • c. Brown • d. Chestnut. • e. White

  3. Bay • A horse that always has a black mane and tail, usually black points, remaining body color varying from tan to brown.

  4. Black • Black refers to a horse that is solid black all over its body with light areas.

  5. 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.

  6. Chestnut • Dark red or brownish red with the mane and tail either the same or lighter in color than the body

  7. White • A white horse has pure white hair, pink skin and brown, hazel or blue eyes.

  8. Color Variations • Appaloosa • Roan • Paint and Pinto • Palomino • Gray • Dun

  9. Appaloosa • Horses which have a spotting pattern either over the hips or scattered over the body.

  10. Roan • Horses which have a mixture of white and colored hairs.

  11. Paint and Pinto • Horses which have a combination of white with colored markings. • The two most common patterns are tobiano and overo.

  12. Palomino • Horses which are a golden color, with a white or light colored mane and tail.

  13. Gray • Horses which have a mixture of white hairs with any colored hairs.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. FACIAL MARKINGS

  17. Star • White marking between eyes. • Comes in many shapes.

  18. Stripe • Thin line down front of nose

  19. SNIP • Small white fleck between nostrils.

  20. BLAZE • Thick white line down front of nose. Horse also has a star.

  21. 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.

  22. LEG MARKINGS

  23. SOCK • Small white marking up to and including the pastern.

  24. WHITE HEEL • Small white marking on the heel, at the back of the hoof..

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

  26. HALF STOCKING • White marking that ends around half-way up the cannon bone.

  27. CORONET BAND • Small white ring around the coronet band, above the hoof.

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

  29. Let's Do Some Practice !!

  30. STAR

  31. STOCKING

  32. STRIPE

  33. BLAZE