INCLUDEPICTURE http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/images/basicsColorsRoseGray.jpg \* MERGEFORMATINET Photo: © HYPERLINK mailto:email@example.com Ria Thress Rose Gray Medium gray whose hairs are tinted with red.
This type of hair gives the horse a light rose tint.
Rose gray horses often have points that are darker than their body color, including mane and tail. HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Lippizaner DSC02443.JPG \o Enlarge INCLUDEPICTURE http://en.wikipedia.org/skins-1.5/common/images/magnify-clip.png \* MERGEFORMATINET A dapple gray HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray %28horse%29 \o Gray (horse) Gray: A horse with black skin and white or mixed dark and white hairs.
Gray horses can be born any color, lighten as they age, and eventually most will have either a completely white or fleabitten hair coat.
Most white horses are actually grays with a fully white hair coat.
A gray horse is distinguished from a white horse by dark skin, particularly noticeable around the eyes, muzzle, flanks, and other areas of thin or no hair.
Variations of gray a horse may exhibit over its lifetime include: HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray %28horse%29 \o Gray (horse) Salt and Pepper or steel gray: Usually a younger horse, an animal with white and dark hairs evenly intermixed over most of the body. HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray %28horse%29 \o Gray (horse) Dapple gray: a dark-colored horse with lighter rings of graying hairs, called dapples, scattered throughout. HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray %28horse%29 \o Gray (horse) Fleabitten gray: an otherwise fully white-haired horse that develops red hairs flecked throughout the coat. HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray %28horse%29 \o Gray (horse) Rose gray: a gray horse with a reddish or pinkish tinge to its coat.
This color occurs with a horse born bay or chestnut while the young horse is graying out. HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Gedinne 050717 %2814%29.JPG \o This photograph shows the difference between a Pinto horse and an Appaloosa.
The Pinto is on the left, the Appaloosa on the right.
Photo credit: Jean-Pol Grandmont INCLUDEPICTURE http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/32/Gedinne 050717 %2814%29.JPG/200px-Gedinne 050717 %2814%29.JPG \* MERGEFORMATINET HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Gedinne 050717 %2814%29.JPG \o Enlarge INCLUDEPICTURE http://en.wikipedia.org/skins-1.5/common/images/magnify-clip.png \* MERGEFORMATINET This photograph shows the difference between a HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinto horse \o Pinto horse Pinto horse and an HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appaloosa \o Appaloosa Appaloosa.
The Pinto is on the left, the Appaloosa on the right.
Photo credit: Jean-Pol Grandmont HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albinism \o Albinism Albino: There are no true albinos in the horse world (white coat with pink skin and pink eyes).
If a foal is born a true albino, it either dies in the womb or shortly after birth.
The HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equine coat color genetics \o Equine coat color genetics equine coat color genetics factors that create true albinism, for reasons not yet fully understood, are lethal in horses.
See white color, below for description of a truly HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White %28horse%29 \o White (horse) white horse. Appaloosa Coat Patterns WRITTEN BY: HYPERLINK http://www.equusite.com/main/aboutCheryl.shtml Cheryl Sutor [January 2000] The Appaloosa coat pattern is not really a specific color, it is actually a horse breed! Some rare appaloosas don’t have any spots at all, while most have numerous spots all over their bodies.
Below are the basic coat patterns found in the appaloosa breed. Leopard: Large spots all over (dark spots on a light base coat). INCLUDEPICTURE http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/images/basicsColorsAppyLeopard1.jpg \* MERGEFORMATINET INCLUDEPICTURE http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/images/basicsColorsAppyLeopard2.jpg \* MERGEFORMATINET INCLUDEPICTURE http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/images/basicsColorsAppyLeopard3.jpg \* MERGEFORMATINET INCLUDEPICTURE http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/images/basicsColorsAppyLeopard4.jpg \* MERGEFORMATINET Top Left: Mr.
Peabody © HYPERLINK http://www.equusite.com/main/aboutCheryl.shtml Cheryl Sutor Top Right: Exclusive Dundee © HYPERLINK mailto:AshSkip@aol.com Ashleigh Marr Bottom Left: Unknown © HYPERLINK http://www.equusite.com/main/aboutCheryl.shtml Cheryl Sutor Bottom Right: Waps Reflection © HYPERLINK http://www.equusite.com/main/aboutCheryl.shtml Cheryl Sutor Snowflake: Large spots all over (light spots on a dark base coat). INCLUDEPICTURE http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/images/basicsColorsAppySnowflake2.jpg \* MERGEFORMATINET INCLUDEPICTURE http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/images/basicsColorsAppySnowflake1.jpg \* MERGEFORMATINET Left: Unknown © HYPERLINK http://www.equusite.com/main/aboutCheryl.shtml Cheryl Sutor Right: Tabu © HYPERLINK mailto:AshSkip@aol.com Ashleigh Marr Blanket: White on hips and loins with or without spots. INCLUDEPICTURE http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/images/basicsColorsAppyBlanket1.jpg \* MERGEFORMATINET INCLUDEPICTURE http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/images/basicsColorsAppyBlanket2.jpg \* MERGEFORMATINET Horse: Almighty Abe © HYPERLINK mailto:AskSkip@aol.com Ashleigh Marr Right: Plaudits Grand Niner © HYPERLINK mailto:Clanfone@peoplepc.com Gayle Scarfone Marble: Small dark sprinkles on a light base coat. INCLUDEPICTURE http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/images/basicsColorsAppyMarble1.jpg \* MERGEFORMATINET Left: Cinnamon © HYPERLINK http://www.equusite.com/main/aboutCheryl.shtml Cheryl Sutor Frost: Small light sprinkles on a dark base coat. INCLUDEPICTURE http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/images/basicsColorsAppyFrost1.jpg \* MERGEFORMATINET HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appaloosa \o Appaloosa Appaloosa or HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leopard %28pattern%29 \o Leopard (pattern) Leopard: There are a group of coat patterns caused by the leopard gene.
It should be noted that not every horse with the leopard gene will exhibit hair coat spotting.
However, even solid individuals will exhibit ‘characteristics’ such as vertically striped hooves, mottles skin around the eyes, lips, and genitalia, plus a white HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sclera \o Sclera sclera of the eye.
There are several distinct leopard patterns: blanket: white over the hip that may extend from the tail to the base of the neck.
The spots inside the blanket (if present) are the same color as the horse’s base coat. HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varnish roan \o Varnish roan varnish roan: a mix of body and white hairs that extends over the entire body–no relation to true roan snowflake: white spots on a dark body.
Typically the white spots increase in number and size as the horse ages. leopard: dark spots of varying sizes over a white body. few spot leopard: a nearly white horse from birth that retains colour just above the hooves, the knees, ‘armpits’, mane and tail, wind pipe, and face frost: similar to varnish but the white hairs are limited to the back, loins, and neck. Several breeds of horse can boast leopard-spotted (a term used collectively for all patterns) individuals including the HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knabstrup \o Knabstrup Knabstrup, HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noriker horse \o Noriker horse Noriker, and the HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appaloosa \o Appaloosa Appaloosa. HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:FriesianSporthorsestallion.jpg \o A black horse INCLUDEPICTURE http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/f/fd/FriesianSporthorsestallion.jpg/180px-FriesianSporthorsestallion.jpg \* MERGEFORMATINET — Palomino WRITTEN BY: HYPERLINK http://www.equusite.com/main/aboutCheryl.shtml Cheryl Sutor [January 2000] Palomino horses have gold-colored coat with a white or light cream colored mane and tail.
The Palomino’s coat can range from a light off-white shade to a deep shade of gold. INCLUDEPICTURE http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/images/basicsColorsPalomino.jpg \* MERGEFORMATINET HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perlino \o Perlino Perlino: similar to a cremello, but acts genetically a bay base coat with two dilute genes.
Eyes are usually blue.
Mane, tail and points are not black, but are usually darker than the body coat, generally a reddish or rust color, not to be confused with a red dun. HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinto horse \o Pinto horse Pinto: a multi-colored horse with large patches of brown, white, and/or black and white.
Variations include: HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piebald \o Piebald Piebald: a black and white spotting pattern (term more commonly used in the UK than the USA) HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skewbald \o Skewbald Skewbald: a spotting pattern of white and any other color other than black, or a spotting pattern of white and two other colors, which may include black. (term more commonly used in the UK than the USA). HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobiano \o Tobiano Tobiano: Spotting pattern characterized by rounded markings with white legs and white across the back between the withers and the dock of the tail, usually arranged in a roughly vertical pattern and more white than dark, with the head usually dark and with markings like that of a normal horse.
Ie star, snip, strip, or blaze. HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overo \o Overo Overo: Spotting pattern characterized by sharp, irregular markings with a horizontal orientation, usually more white than dark, though the face is usually white, often with blue eyes.
The white rarely crosses the back, and the lower legs are normally dark.
Variations include Frame Overo and Spash White. HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sabino horse \o Sabino horse Sabino: Often confused with roan or HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabicano \o Rabicano rabicano, a slight spotting pattern characterized by high white on legs, belly spots, white markings on the face extending past the eyes and/or patches of roaning patterns standing alone or on the edges of white markings HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tovero \o Tovero Tovero: spotting pattern that is a mix of tobiano and overo coloration, such as blue eyes on a dark head.
May also refer to horses with Tobiano coloring that carry a recessive overo HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene \o Gene gene. HYPERLINK http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American Paint Horse \o American Paint Horse Paint: pinto horses with known Quarter Horse and/or Thoroughbred bloodlines.
This is a separate breed of horse. Paint / Pinto WRITTEN BY: HYPERLINK http://www.equusite.com/main/aboutCheryl.shtml Cheryl Sutor [January 2000] What is the difference between a Paint and a Pinto? A Paint is a specific breed of horse, bred for the conformation and musculature similar to a Quarter Horse, and also bred for unique coloring.
Paint horses aren’t always colored, some turn out solid but may still carry the genes needed to have colored offspring.
Pinto, on the other hand, is ANY breed of horse exhibiting the colorations below (Common breeds that you may see exhibiting these colors are Arabian, Saddlebred, Mustang, Icelandic Horse, and many others). Tobiano Tobiano is a dominant color pattern, and is most common.
A tobiano generally has four white legs, at least below the hocks and knees.
The dark color of the pattern is usually covering one or both flanks and the spots are regular and distinct (smooth ovals or round patterns that extend down over the neck, chest, and/or shoulders giving the appearance of a war shield ).
Generally, face markings are just like a solid-colored horse (solid, blaze, strip, star or snip) and body color may be either predominantly dark or white.
The mane and tail is usually mixed of two colors.
A majority of tobianos have spots that are smooth-edged and not jagged like most overos, and many have white over their back and/or neck. INCLUDEPICTURE http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/images/basicsColorsTobiano01.jpg \* MERGEFORMATINET INCLUDEPICTURE http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/images/basicsColorsTobiano02.jpg \* MERGEFORMATINET PT Wishes Tradition is a black and white tobiano, owned by HYPERLINK mailto:JKWelch@localaccess.com Karen Welch Click the photos below for larger views of more tobiano colored horses… HYPERLINK http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/colorsTobiano03.shtml INCLUDEPICTURE http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/images/basicsColorsTobianoTh03.jpg \* MERGEFORMATINET HYPERLINK http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/colorsTobiano04.shtml INCLUDEPICTURE http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/images/basicsColorsTobianoTh04.jpg \* MERGEFORMATINET HYPERLINK http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/colorsTobiano05.shtml INCLUDEPICTURE http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/images/basicsColorsTobianoTh05.jpg \* MERGEFORMATINET HYPERLINK http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/colorsTobiano06.shtml INCLUDEPICTURE http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/images/basicsColorsTobianoTh06.jpg \* MERGEFORMATINET HYPERLINK http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/colorsTobiano07.shtml INCLUDEPICTURE http://www.equusite.com/articles/basics/colors/images/basicsColorsTobianoTh07.jpg \* MERGEFORMATINET Overo On an Overo colored horse, the white will not usually cross the back of the horse between the withers and tail.
It is desirable for all four legs to be dark, or at least one.
Face markings are usually bald-faced, apron-faced or bonnet-faced.
The white color throughout the overo’s body is generally irregular or sometimes ‘jagged’ instead of forming smooth lines between the colors. Sabino Overo: Appears speckled or roany , mostly near the spot’s edges.
This is the most common overo pattern.
Sabinos often have spotted or roan-like facial markings, which can look quite wild.
It is rare to find a sabino with a normal star or stripe for a facial marking.
Another distinct characteristic of the sabino, is that they generally have three or four white legs.
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