Horse Coat Colours & Patterns

Horses and ponies come in a variety of coat colours and patterns.  Click on any image below to view full details of the colour or pattern.

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Appaloosa

The name appaloosa has been used in the past as being a colour to describe a spotted horse or pony. However, appaloosa is neither a colour nor a coat pattern but a breed of horse with mustang origins that is often spotted.

 
 

Bay

Bay horses have a brown coat with black points, mane and tail.

 
 

Black

Black horses have a black coat with black mane and tail.

 
 

Brown

Brown horses have a brown coat with black lower legs, mane and tail and a lighter brown muzzle.

 
 
 

Buckskin

Buckskin horses vary from a creamy golden to rich golden colour with black points, mane and tail.

 
 

Chestnut

Chestnut horses have a ginger coat with similar colour mane and tail although they can vary in shade.

 
 

Cremello

Cremello horses have extremely pale coats, mane and tail with blue or amber eyes.

 
 

Dun

Dun horses are a creamy golden colour with a black dorsal stripe, black points and black mane and tail.

 
 

Grey

Grey horses vary in colour from being almost white to dark grey.

 
 

Overo

Overo is a white coat pattern that can be combined with any colour to produce a coloured horse.

 
 

Palomino

Palomino horses have a golden body with white mane and tail.

 
 

Piebald

Piebald is a general term used to describe a horse that is black with the overo, tobiano or tovero white pattern.

 
 

Roan

Roan is a coat pattern that can be combined with any colour. However, different "colour" names are given to roans depending on their base colour.

 
 

Skewbald

Skewbald is a general term to refer to a horse of any colour other than black with the with overo, tobiano or tovero white pattern.

 
 

Spotted

Spotted is a coat pattern that can be combined with any colour. There are several distinct spotted patterns and each spotted horse is unique.

 
 

Tobiano

Tobiano is a white coat pattern that can be combined with any colour to produce a coloured horse.

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Tovero

Tovero is a combination of the overo or tobiano coat patterns.