Horses come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. The
horse has a base coat of short hairs that lie flat and protect
the horse's skin. No two horses are exactly the same, this
is particularly true with markings on the face and legs.
Albino - Albino horses have a congenital abscense of skin
pigment, with white skin and pink eyes.
Appaloosa - Appaloosa horses have spots on a white
base coat, with light brown mane and tail.
Bay - Bay horse have a reddish brown coat with a black
mane and black tail.
Black - Black horses are quite rare, if a horse is
truly black it can be seen on their muzzle and in their groin.
A black-brown or dark bay horse may appear black but will
have brown hair in these places. Occassionally in the sunlight
a black horse can look brown in the bright sun.
Chestnut - Chestnut horses range from a light golden
brown to a dark reddish gold coat with a mane and tail that
matches the body color. Chestnut's occasionally have markings.
Dapple Gray - Dapple gray horses have pale gray coat
with dark gray rings.
Dun - Dun Horses are yellowish red or light reddish
brown with a dark mane and tail. Dun horses that have darker
reddish-yellow hairs over a dark base coat with dark manes
and tails are known and Claybank Dun.
Fleabitten Gray - Flea bitten gray horses have a
gray coat with with brown flecks a white mane and tail. Fleabitten
gray is also called flecked or grey-ticked.
Gray - Gray horses have white and black hairs on
black skin, white mane and tail. Whether a horse is pure white
or grey-white it is still referred to as a grey. Greys are
born dark and lighten to almost white with age.
Palomino - Palomino horses have a gold coat with
a flaxen mane and tail.
Piebald - Piebald horses have white batches with
Pinto - Pinto horses have large white patches on a
different base color.
Red Roan - Red Roan horse is chestnut interspersed
with white hairs.
Skewbald - Skewbald horses have white patches and
another color other than black.
Stocking - A stocking on a horse is white fur up
to the horses hock is called a stocking.
Dorsal Stripe - A dorsal stripe is a band of black
hairs that extends along a horse's back. Dorsal stripes are
also called eel stripes.