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30 Most Common Horse Colors

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Horses come in a wide range of colors, with a variety of different patterns and unique markings. In this article, we won’t go into detail about each color and coat since this is mainly intended to be a visual guide for new beginners, helping you to understand what the different colors and coats look like so you can associate the looks with the proper names.divider-horse

Coat Colors

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You can find horses in many different colors, though the names of each color might be difficult to remember and associate with the proper hue. You won’t often use most of these color names in any other capacity.

Most common horse coat colors
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Coat Patterns

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Some horses have distinct patterns across their bodies. There aren’t as many distinct horse coat patterns as there are colors, but they are easily identifiable.

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  • Appaloosa
  • Overo
  • Piebald
  • Pinto
  • Skewbald
  • Spotted
  • Tobiano
  • Tovero

Other Markings

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Aside from patterns and colors, some horses also have additional markings. Generally, these are on the face, lower legs, chest, and ears.

  • Star
  • Blaze
  • Socks
  • Stockings
  • Star on the forehead
  • Stripes
  • Barring
  • Tipped ears
  • Facemask

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One thing to keep in mind: because of differences in computers and settings, images can look different on each monitor or screen they’re viewed on. As such, the colors you see might not accurately reflect real life. Still, you should be able to get a fairly good idea of what each color looks like so that you can easily identify many horse coat colors and patterns.

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Dean Eby

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