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cremello horseCremello: Although there is no true Albino in the horse Cremellos have often been referred to as Albinos in the past. The body, mane and tail of a Cremello horse is extremely pale and can range from almost white to a pale cream and they have blue eyes. The skin is pale and so Cremello horses can be particularly prone to sunburn during the summer months.

Appaloosa: See Spotted.

bay horseBay: The body is brown and the mane, tail and legs from the knee downwards are black. The shade of brown can vary from very pale brown, to bright orange-brown to very dark brown. Bay is the most common colour in the horse.

black horseBlack: The body, mane and tail is black. Some black horses may lighten during the summer in the sun and show some brown tint.

brown horseBrown: The body, mane and tail is dark brown.

chestnut horseChestnut: The body and legs are golden or ginger although the shade can vary from very light gold to a dark brownish ginger. The mane and tail are the same colour as the body.

dun horseDun: The body is creamy golden although it may vary from very pale to a rich creamy gold. The mane and tail are black and there is a black line running down the back.

grey horse Grey: There are various types of grey with some horses being very pale, almost white, with very little grey hairs showing to horses that are a very dark and obvious grey. The mane and tail are grey. Grey horses are born another colour eg black, brown, chestnut, etc and as the horse matures its coat turns grey.

palomino horsePalomino: The body is golden although the shade can vary from very pale golden to a rich golden. The mane and tail are white.

piebald horsePiebald: Piebald is a black horse with the overo and/or tovero pattern or a combination of the two. The amount of white and black can vary immensely and the patterning on each horse is unique. The mane and tail may be either black, white or both black and white. The black patches on some Piebalds may lighten in the summer due to the sun.

roan horseRoan: Roan is a coat pattern that can be combined with any colour. The body is coloured with white hairs ticked through the coat. The colouring on the body can be any colour and different names are often given depending on the base colour. For example a Chestnut Roan is referred to as "Strawberry Roan" and a Grey Roan is referred to as "Blue Roan".

spotted horseSpotted: Spotted is a coat pattern that can be combined with any colour. There are several distinct spotted patterns and each horse is unique. "Leopard Spot" is a white horse with evenly distributed coloured spots, "Near Leopard" is similar to Leopard Spot but with coloured head and legs, "Spotted Blanket" is mainly coloured with a white back and/or hindquarters within which there are coloured spots, "White Blanket" is mainly coloured with a white back and/or hindquarters without spots, "Snowflake" is coloured with white spots over the body, "Frosted Hip" or "Frosted Blanket" is coloured with white frosting or white spots over the loin and hips, "Marble" is coloured at birth but roans with age to almost white, "Few Spot" or "Few Spot Leopard" is white with just a few spots.

Spotted horses of various breeding are also sometimes referred to as Appaloosa, although Appaloosa is in fact a breed of horse with mustang origins.

skewbald horseSkewbald: Skewbald is a horse of any colour other than black with the overo and/or tovero pattern. The amount of white and coloured patches can vary immensely and the patterning on each horse is unique. The coloured patches can be any colour other than black eg Bay, Dun, Chestnut, Brown, Grey, Palomino, etc. As Bay horses show 2 colours (black and brown), a Bay Skewbald may show 3 colours (black, brown and white) and is then sometimes referred to as a Tri-Colour.