Coat Colours

Black (Black Family)
Entire coat, including muzzle, flanks and legs, are black; color may fade when exposed to the sun; could have rusty tinge during certain times of the year; early foals may be an overall mousy gray, then shed to black
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Brown (Black Family)
Body colour brown or black, with light areas at muzzle, eyes, flank and inside upper legs; mane and tail usually black
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Bay (Black Family)
Body colour reddish brown, with variations ranging from dark blood bay to light bay and usually distinguished by black mane and tail, ear tips, lower legs.
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Bay-Roan (Black Family)
The overall intermingling of white hairs with bay body colour; head, lower legs, mane and tail are usually solid or darker; does not get progressively whiter with age.
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Blue-Roan (Black Family)
The overall intermingling of white hairs with a black body colour, head, lower legs, mane and tail are usually solid or darker; does not get progressively whiter with age.
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Dun (Black Family)
Diluted body colour of yellowish or gold; mane and tail are black or brown; has dorsal stripe and usually zebra stripes on legs and transverse stripe over withers.
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Gray (Black Family)
Dominant over all other colour genes; born any colour with white hair progressively turning the coat whiter as the horse ages; dark skin; normally grays first around eyes and behind ears.
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Grullo (Black Family)
A form of dun with body colour smoky or mouse-coloured (not a mixture of black and white hairs, but each hair mouse-coloured); mane and tail black; has black primitive markings.
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Perlino (Black Family)
Double dilute of bay/brown resulting in body colour of cream or off-white, lower legs, mane and tail light rust or chocolate shade; skin is pinkish or gray; eyes are blue or amber; the coat has enough yellow hue to allow white markings to be visible.
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Buckskin (Black Family)
Body colour yellowish or gold, mane and tail black; black on lower legs; lacks primitive markings.
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Chestnut (Red Family)
Body colour dark red or brownish red; range from very light to liver chestnut; liver chestnut can be distinguished from black or brown only by the bronze or copper highlights on the legs; mane and tail usually dark red or brownish red, but may be flaxen
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Cremello (Red Family)
Double dilute of chestnut/sorrel resulting in body colour, mane and tail of cream or off-white with pale pinkish skin; the coat has enough yellow hue to allow white markings to be visible; eyes are blue or amber.
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Palomino (Red Family)
Diluted body cooler varying from rich gold to pale yellow; mane and tail generally pale or off-white but may be same colour as body (with nonblack points).
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Red-Dun (Red Family)
A form of dun with body colour yellowish or flesh-coloured; mane and tail are red or reddish; has red or reddish primitive markings.
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Red-Roan (Red Family)
The overall intermingling of white hairs with chestnut/sorrel body colour; head, lower legs, make and tail are usually sorrel or dark red; does not get progressively whiter with age.
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Sorrel (Red Family)
Body colour reddish or copper-red; mane and tail usually same colour as body, but may be flaxen or very dark.
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