The Colors of Life

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Would you like to know what color your horse is? Do you have questions about the color of your foal? You've come to the right place.

Eye Color in Horses

Most horses have brown eyes but other eye colors are seen. These eye colors can include blue, green, yellow, amber, or hazel. Most variation in eye color is the result of a white pattern or dilution.

Pictorial Guide to Horse Colors Part 5: Silver Bay, Silver Brown, and Silver Black

Silver in horses affects areas that would otherwise be black, changing the color from black to gray or brown. It has it’s greatest effect on a horse’s mane and tail. In horses that are heavily affected the mane and tail can be almost completely white or silver. If the horse also has feathers (the hairs on the horse's pastern), the feathers will be affected to the same extent as the mane and tail.

Pictorial Guide to Horse Colors Part 4: Gold Champagne, Amber Champagne, Sable Champagne, and Classic Champagne

Like Dun, Champagne horses have certain characteristics that can be used to identify them as Champagne. This are light eyes (usually amber), pink skin that is mottled or freckled, and a diluted body color. When identifying Champagne horses all three of these characteristics must be present. Light eyes, speckled skin, or dilute body color (even two out of three) can be present in a horse who is not Champagne.

Pictorial Guide to Horse Colors Part 2: Palomino, Buckskin, Smoky Brown, Cremello, Perlino, and Smoky Cream

Palomino is ideally a bright gold with a white mane and tail. However, expression can vary from almost white to a dark chocolate. The mane and tail will be white although darker hairs are sometimes present. In vary rare cases a palomino can be unusually dark with an almost black body and many dark hairs in the mane and tail. There are however, very few of these exceptionally