Model Horse Coat Colors

CM mini Alborozo Model horse by Sarah Tregay in dapple gray

Dapple Gray

A horse with black skin but white or mixed dark and white hairs. Gray horses can be born any color, and lighten as they age. A dapple gray coat has lighter rings of grey hairs, called dapples, scattered throughout.

CM mini Alborozo Model horse by Sarah Tregay in leopard

Leopard

The leopard gene complex can create dark spots of varying sizes over a white body.

CM mini Alborozo Model horse by Sarah Tregay in grulla

Grulla or blue dun

A horse with a black base color and the dun gene. Coat is solid "mouse-colored" gray or silver (can also be almost brownish-gray) with black or dark gray primitive markings.

CM mini Alborozo Model horse by Sarah Tregay in perlino

Perlino

Similar to a cremello, a perlino is genetically a bay base coat with two dilute genes. Eyes are 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.

CM mini Alborozo Model horse by Sarah Tregay in chestnut

Chestnut

Chestnut is a reddish, orangish, brownish coat with a mane and tail in the same family. Chestnut is characterized by the absolute absence of true black hairs. It is one of the most common horse coat colors, seen in almost every breed.

CM mini Alborozo Model horse by Sarah Tregay in palomino

Palomino

A palomino will have a gold coat and white or flaxen mane and tail. The palomino color is created by a dilution gene on a chestnut coat.

CM mini Alborozo Model horse by Sarah Tregay in Brown

Brown

Brown horses often resemble bays, but they have a specific genetic makeup. Seal browns are the expression of the Agouti gene on a black base coat. A seal brown will have lighter tones on the muzzle and flank.

CM mini Alborozo Model horse by Sarah Tregay in grulla brindle

Brindle

A brindle pattern appears as vertical stripes along the neck, back, hindquarters, and upper legs. A brindle can have a base coat color of any color. Recorded examples have been bay, chestnut, palomino, and dun. Earliest documented cases were said to have red dun or grulla (pictured) as a base coat. The stripes can be lighter or darker than the base coat.

CM mini Alborozo Model horse by Sarah Tregay in black

Black

True black horses fall into two types: a fading black and a non-fading black or blue-black. A fading black will reveal brownish tones with time spent in the sun. Both types will have black hairs near around the muzzle, whereas a brown horse will have lighter hairs here.

CM mini Alborozo Model horse by Sarah Tregay in dapple grayliver chestnut
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										<p>A member of the chestnut family, a liver chestnut horse is simply a dark chestnut. Hairs will be redish/brownish throughout without black points. Manes and tails may be flaxen or chestnut in color. </p>
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CM mini Alborozo Model horse by Sarah Tregay in leopard

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CM mini Alborozo Model horse by Sarah Tregay in grulla

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More coat colors coming soon