Horse Colors

Two base colors…red and black.  Red is recessive, black is dominant.  You should see roughly three black-based horses for every red-based horse.

Common modifiers:

  • Agouti
  • Creme
  • Champagne
  • Dun
  • Roan

Red-based combinations:

  • Palomino = Red + Creme
  • Cremello = Red + Creme + Creme
  • Gold = Red + Creme + Champagne
  • Red Dun = Red + Dun
  • Dunalino = Red + Creme + Dun
  • Strawberry Roan = Red + Roan

Black-based combinations:

  • Bay = Black + Agouti
  • Buckskin = Black + Agouti + Creme
  • Smokey Black = Black + Creme
  • Smokey Creme = Black + Creme + Creme
  • Perlino = Black + Agouti + Creme + Creme
  • Grullo = Black + Dun  [Grulla if female]
  • Bay Dun = Black + Agouti + Dun
  • Dunskin = Black + Agouti + Creme + Dun
  • Blue Roan = Black + Roan
  • Bay Roan = Black + Agouti + Roan

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Color of a BLM horse can be found in his signalment key.

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