Horse Colors Information
Everything you've ever wanted to know about horse colors! Just click the links below to view the colors!
Cremellow and Perlino
This is a general bay. Notice the black points and white markings.
Dark Bay:
This is a dark bay. To some, this horse may appear black. However, the coat is dark brown with reddish or black highlights.
Light Gray:
This is a light gray. Light grays are often mistaken as white horses. However, true light grays have dark spots around their noses, inside their ears, and between their hind legs.
Dapple Gray:
This horse is dapple gray. Dapple grays have dark colored marks all over their bodies.
Fleabitten Gray:
Fleabitten gray horses have light gray bodies with tiny black or brown specks.
Steel Gray:
This steel gray horse has a dark gray color. It has a black base coat. Often, steel gray horses change to dapple or light gray as they age.
Rose Gray:
Rose gray horses are a medium gray color. The coat has a reddish tint to it. Often, rose gray horses have dark points.
There are many different types of white horses. In order to be a Dominant White, the horse's parent must be white. Dominanat whites are rare. They have hazel or brown eyes, pink skin, and white hair. Sabrino Whites can appear in many horse breeds. A Sabrino white, or maximum pinto, has very large white spots that cover the horse's entire body. Sabrino whites have pink skin, dark eyes, and some dark hairs.
Red chestnuts are bright reddish or orange shades.
Light Chestnut:
Red Chestnut:
This light chestnut is a light reddish brown color.
Flaxen Chestnut:
This flaxen chestnut has a flaxen colored body with a cream colored mane and tail.
Liver Chestnut:
The liver chestnut is the darkest of all chestnuts.
Black horses have entirely black coats. A true black horse should have no traces of brown in his coat. In the summer, the sun  may lighten a dark horse's coat. It easiest to identify a true black in the winter.
This horse is a typical dun. Notice the dorsal stripe and dark legs.
Typical Dun:
Bay Dun:
This is a bay dun. Bays duns are not classifies as bays becuase of their doral stripe and other dun characteristics.
Red Dun:
This red dun has reddish/chestnut highlights.
Zebra Stripes:
Some duns have zebra stripes on their legs.
Buckskins are sandy yellow or tan colors. They have black points.


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Palominos have gold coats with a light cream colored mane and tail.
Cremellow and Perlino
Bay Roan:
This is a bay roan. Notice the white hairs.
Red Roan:
Red roans are also known as strawberry roans. It is a chestnut with a roan gene.
Blue Roan:
This blue roan is a black horse with a roan gene.
Ivory Champagne:
Champagne horses have bright pink skin. Champagne foals have bright blue eyes that normally change color with time. In order to be a champagne, at least one of the horses parents must be champagne.
                    Grullo (grew-yo)
                     Grulla (grew-ya)

Grullos or Grullas have a smoky, mouse body color. They usually have a dorsal stripe and a dark outline around the ears. There are dark areas on the neck and shoulder. Tiger striping, or dark stripes seen on the legs, often appear in grullo or grulla horses. The horse's faces may also be dark. White or cream colored hairs may be in the mane or at the base of the neck line.

    Bay horses vary in color from reddish or tan shades to dark brown or arburn shades. Bay horses have black points on their ears, legs, muzzel, mane, and tail. Many bays have white markings.
    Underneath, their white or gray hair, gray horses have black skin. Many people call gray horses white but, if the horse's skin is dark, it is gray. Gray horses are born a balck or brown color. As the horses get older, their coats turn gray.
    Chestnut horses, also known as sorrel, are reddish brown. All chestnuts have red in their coats. They range from light yellowish brown to golden red or dark liver.
    A dun horse's coat is a sandy/yellow or reddish/brown. A dun horses legs are normally darker than thrir body, and they sometimes have zebra stripes. Dun horses have a dorsal stripe, or a dark stripe that goes through the manin, through the dock, and through the tail. Many duns have facial markings.
    Cremellows and perlinoshave blue eyes and pink skin with cream coats. A cremellow has a white mane and tail and, a prelino has dark points.
    A roan horse's coat is solid with white hairs.