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229. Markings

Descriptions of markings:

(a) SNIP: Any white marking between the two nostrils.

(b) STAR: Any marking on the forehead.

(c) STRIP: A narrow marking extending vertically in the area between the forehead and the nostrils.

(d) BLAZE: A vertical marking of medium, uniform width extending the length of the face.

(e) STAR AND STRIP: A marking on the forehead with a strip to the nasal peak. The strip does not have to be an extension of the star.

(f) STAR, STRIP and SNIP: A marking on the forehead with a narrow extension of the nasal peak and opening up again between the nostrils. These may be connected.

(g) BALD FACE: A very broad blaze. It can extend out and around the eyes and it can extend down to the upper lip and around the nostrils.

(h) CORONET: Any narrow marking around the coronet above the hoof.

(i) HALF PASTERN: A marking which includes only half the pastern above the coronet.

(j) PASTERN: A marking which includes the entire pastern.

(k) SOCK: A marking which extends around the leg, from the coronet halfway up the cannon bone, or halfway to the knee on the foreleg or halfway to the hock on the back leg.

(l) STOCKING: A full marking to the area of the knee on the foreleg and to the area of the hock on the hind leg. It is an extended sock.

(m) ROAN PATCHES; PATCHES OF SCATTERED WHITE HAIR: Areas with white hair scattered through the basic body color and which do not have underlying light-colored skin.

(n) PATCHES OF DARKER-COLORED HAIR: Concentrated areas in which the hair has a darker pigmentation than the surrounding hair of its basic body color.

(o) DARK SPOTS: Patches of dark hair (or basic body color) within white markings.

(p) WHORL: hair growth that forms a spiral pattern.

Picture This

Having the correct photos will expedite the registration process so you can get your papers sooner. When submitting photographs of your horse, please remember to:

* Use a 35 mm camera or high-quality digital camera. Avoid instant cameras because the photos tend to overexpose or fade.

* Take photos on a sunny day with the sun behind the photographer.

* Always send four basic views - front, rear, left side and right side.

* You should include a fifth photo - a 3/4 front view clearly showing the face and all four feet. If someone is helping you, make sure they are out of this photo.

* Position the horse with his legs apart so all four feet can be seen in each of the photographs.

* Do not saddle or blanket your horse and make sure the horse is clean of mud and debris.

* The horse being photographed should be the only horse in the photo.

* Take photos on level ground - steer clear of tall grass and other obstacles which can block the view of the horse.

* Pull back the forelock so head markings can be seen.

* Take separate, close-up photos of unusual markings and markings that fall out of the normal marking area.

* Be aware of the background. A solid background is best for light colored horses, while a dark horse shows up best with a lighter background.

Contact our office for a complete brochure on how to photograph your horse.

CORONET
Any narrow marking around the coronet above the hoof.
HALF PASTERN
A marking that includes only half the pastern above the coronet.
PASTERN
A marking that includes the entire pastern.
SOCK
A marking that extends from the coronet halfway up the cannon bone, or halfway to the knee on the foreleg or halfway to the hock on the back leg.
STOCKING
A full marking to the area of the knee on the foreleg and to the area of the hock on the hind leg. It is an extended sock.
STAR
Any marking on the forehead.
SNIP
Any marking, usually vertical, between the two nostrils.
STRIP
A narrow marking extending vertically in the area between the forehead and the nostrils.
STAR AND STRIP
A marking on the forehead with a strip to the nasal peak. The strip does not have to be an extension of the star.
BALD FACE
A very broad blaze. It can extend out and around the eyes and it can extend down to the upper lip and around the nostrils.
DISCONNECTED STAR, STRIP AND SNIP
A marking on the forehead with a narrow extension of the nasal peak and opening up again between the nostrils. These may be connected.
BLAZE
A broader vertical marking extending the length of the face, of a relatively uniform width.
STAR, STRIP AND SNIP
A marking on the forehead with a narrow extension of the nasal peak and opening up again between the nostrils. These may be connected.

All Horses

This diagram is an approximate illustration of white markings that are not considered undesirable or uncharacteristic of the breed as specified in rule 205(h). The actual provisions of the rule take precedence in its effect on a particular registration matter, as conformation of a particular horse does not, in each case, coincide with the dimensions of this diagram. Horses with markings beyond these guidelines must be parentage verified prior to registration.