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228. Colors

Descriptions of American Quarter Horse colors:

(a) BAY: body color ranging from tan, through red, to reddish brown; mane and tail black – usually black on lower legs.

(b) BLACK: body color true black without light areas; mane and tail black.

(c) BROWN: body color brown or black with light areas at muzzle, eyes, flank and inside upper legs; mane and tail black.

(d) SORREL: body color reddish or copper-red; mane and tail usually same color as body, but may be flaxen.

(e) CHESTNUT: body color dark red or brownish-red; mane and tail usually dark red or brownish-red, but may be flaxen.

(f) DUN: body color yellowish or gold; mane and tail are black or brown; has dorsal stripe and usually zebra stripes on legs, and transverse stripe over withers.

(g) RED DUN: a form of dun with body color yellowish or flesh colored, mane and tail are red or reddish, flaxen, white or mixed; has red or reddish dorsal stripe and usually red or reddish zebra stripes on legs and transverse stripe over withers.

(h) GRULLO: body color smoky or mouse-colored (not a mixture of black and white hairs, but each hair mouse-colored); mane and tail black; usually has black dorsal stripe and black on lower legs.

(i) BUCKSKIN: body color yellowish or gold; mane and tail black; black on lower legs; typically buckskins do not have dorsal stripes.

(j) PALOMINO: body color a golden yellow; mane and tail white; typically palominos do not have dorsal stripes.

(k) GRAY: mixture of white with any other colored hairs; often born solid-colored or almost solid-colored and get lighter with age as more white hairs appear.

(l) RED ROAN: more or less uniform mixture of white with red hairs on a large portion of the body, but usually darker on head and lower legs; can have red or flaxen mane and/or tail.

(m) BLUE ROAN: more or less uniform mixture of white with black hairs over a large portion of the body, but usually darker on head and lower legs.

(n) BAY ROAN: more or less uniform mixture of white with red hairs on a large portion of the body; darker on head, usually red but can have a few black hairs in mixture; black mane and tail and black on lower legs.

(o) CREMELLO: light (or pink) skin over the body, white or cream-colored hair and blue eyes.

(p) PERLINO: light (or pink) skin over the body, white or cream-colored hair and blue eyes. Mane, tail and lower legs slightly darker than body color.

(q) WHITE: body color white; skin is pink; eyes are usually dark; small black spots may be found in the skin, but usually are not accompanied by colored hair. Some white horses may be variegated, meaning they have patches of colored hair, usually intermixed with white.