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Buckskin Horse and the Horse Colors We Love




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The Buckskin Horse



What Color Is Love?
Horse Colors Explained

What is the color of "Love" to you? Some of us love solid colors, some love "flash" or "chorme".
Without going into detail on dominant or recessive genes, here is a list of some color favorites.
You will recognize many of these colors, but there are some subtle differences within the color categories.

Coats of Solid Color:

Bay -                               A diluted black horse, bays have black points, mane and  tail, with the black leg coloring at least to the knee and hock. Body colors range from red  to dark brown.

Black -                            A black horse is black all over. They may have a star,  stripe or other markings but will be a solid color over their body. A Standard Black horse  will fade in the sunlight, and  turn a rusty brown if left out, where a Jet Black horse  does not fade at all! Jet black  is a blue-black color that is truly fade resistant.

Chestnut/Sorrel -           A chestnut has a solid base color of red over the body,  mane and tail, with no dark points. They often have various stripes, and stockings. They often have the look of a new penny color. Sorrel - has the same solid body coloring of red with a flaxen color mane and tail.

Cremello -                      Like a white, this horse has pink skin, with blue eyes,  but a cream colored coat with a white mane and tail.

Palomino -                     Much like the Sorrel above, a Palomino has a very light  cream or white mane and tail, with a yellow, golden or tan colored body. Palominos have no red coloring in the base  coat. Some are Dappeled (golden body with spots)

Perlino -                            Has pink skin, blue eyes, cream body with a red tint to the points.

White/Crème -                There are no albino horses. White horses have a solid white coat, pink skin, and brown or occasionally blue  eyes. Crèmes, like a white horse, have pink skin and  usually blue eyes.  Crèmes have two coat variations:

Sub-categories of colors:

Standard Bay -                 Solid color red body (cherry wood color) with black points.
Blood Bay -                       Dark blood-red body color.

Mahogany bay -               As the name implies, the brown red color of the wood, with some black mixed into coat.

Copper bay -                    Chestnut orange-red body.

Golden bay -                     A yellow, more golden brown color body.

Wild Bay -                          A bay with short black points on legs up to fetlocks.

Brown -                              Has a very dark brown body, black mane, tail , and points. The body  color is almost black with lighter brown coloring at the  flanks, behind the hips and around the muzzle and eyes.   Looks a little like a bleached standard black.

Buckskin/Dun -                The International Buckskin Horse Association recognizes 5 colors: Buckskin, Grulla, Dun, Red Dun, and Brindle.
Buckskin -                        A buckskin is a diluted bay, with black points of a bay  but with a tan body color. Picture a palomino with black  points.

Dun -                                Looks very much like a buckskin, and have black points, and a diluted red / tan body color. Duns have an extra feature of a dorsal stripe down the center of the back. Additionally, they have zebra stripping on the legs and a transverse            strip at the withers.

Red Dun -                        In place of the black points of a dun, the red dun has red (chestnut) colored points, and a creamy body color with red stripping.

Brindle Dun -                    This coat is just like a brindle coloring of a dog. Same  dark points and dorsal stripe.

Grulla (grew-yah) -           Is a slate brown coat with black points and dorsal stripe.   All grullas have dark faces.

Champagne -                 A base color diluted with plenty of cream. Champagnes will retain darker points of a bay, but with a coffee with a lot of cream look, and golden cream body. See the International Champagne Horse Registry site for further  details on identifying this coat color.   <a href="http://www.champagne-horse-assoc.org/identification" target="_self">  http://www.champagne-horse-assoc.org/identification.htm </a>

Once you have the base coat colors, mix up the genetics, stir up the paint,  the color pallet really can change!

Coats of Many Colors:

Appaloosa -                    Unique coat patterns, white sclera, mottled skin and stripped hooves distinguish the appaloosa. Some of the coat patterns include: 

Blanket -                           Solid body color with a white patch/blanket over the hips and rump. May be solid or contain spots.

Leopard Appaloosa -     White with colored spots all over, like the cat the name implies.

Varnish -                           Roaning on head and some solid spotting.

Snowflake -                      Solid body with small white spots. Reverse of the flea - bitten gray.

Pintaloosa -                     Combination of both the pinto and appaloosa colorings.

Gray -                                Although many may look white, a coat of gray is made up of  white hair mixed with color. Unlike the white, cremello or perlino, the skin is dark not pink. Grays begin life as a coat of a different color, and change to gray as they age.             Gray is a favorite color for many because you have a different  color/pattern every year. Grays have a dark muzzle, and  are often dappled. Many older grays become "flea-bitten,"  developing brown spots over the body.

Overo -                           (Opposite of the tobiano) With the base color crossing the spine. Generally solid legs, often have blue eyes.

Pinto -                              Two coat patterns, Tobiano and Overo, are recognized by  the Pinto Horse Association of America, Inc.

                                          <a href="http://pinto.org" target="_self"> www.pinto.org</a>

Roan -                              Have a mixed coat like a gray, but are born with the mix,  unlike the gray horse. Roan points stay a solid color. Most common are Blue (roan on black), Red (roan on bay) or  Strawberry (roan on Chestnut).

Sabino -                            Looks very similar to the overo but has jagged roan looking edges to the patterns.

Tobiano -                         (Opposite of Overo) Pinto pattern with white crossing the spine of the body between the withers and tail. Most have  white stockings. May by any base color with pink skin under the white.

Tovero -                            A paint pattern of a white horse, pink skin, with some dark coloring around the ears, mouth, chest, flanks and base of the tail.









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