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What is the color of horses

The suit is one of the main features of a horse; is a hereditary trait and is determined by the color of the covering hair of the head, neck, body, limbs and protective hair of the bangs, mane, tail and brushes (frieze).

Primary colors – black, brown, red, yellow (sand), white (colorless). It is believed that black and white color does not happen; black, bay, red and gray are the main ones, and all the others are derivatives. There are other classifications, one of which I will use below.

Generally speaking, both the classifications and even the definition of the suits themselves are fairly arbitrary, since they are not quite correct from the point of view of genetics, which is quite understandable – our ancestors, who gave the names to the suits, were not familiar with it. And, by the way, in the Wild West, the division in suits is somewhat different from ours.

The color of the horse is the coloring of the horse’s hair, skin and eyes. One of the main individual distinguishing features. The color of horses is not just a coloring, but a certain combination of colors, a type of pigment distribution, including a genetic background. If horses have the same coat color, but different skin color and eyes, or the same coat color on the body, but different – the manes and tail, then their suit may be different (compare isabella and light nightingale, red and brown). At the same time, the shades of the same suit can differ very much (for example, the light fur color has a fawn, sandy color, and in the darkest shades of that color, it can approach dark brown and even black).

Shades and gobos
Suits can be of different shades – excuses. Mastering indicates the intensity of the color of the main suit (dark, light), the color nuance (golden, red), the uniformity of color (mukhortaya, podlasaya), etc. Basically, its name consists of 2 words – hue + color (red-red, light-brown), although there are also separate designations (sex, wine). In some cases, for a more accurate description of the color, two (or more) names may be used at the same time (dark, golden-bay, light-dun in apples). Moreover, in a conversation or text, the word “color” is used more often, not “otmastok”: a horse of a dark bay (red-tiger, gray in apples) color.

Many suits (bay, red, nightingale, buckskin) may have a bright golden hue. It is especially characteristic of the Akhal-Teke, Karabakh, Don and Budennovsk breeds. Podlasaya – a horse has whitish burns on the nose, abdomen, inner legs and around the eyes. Podlasnost is possible against the background of any suit, but most often it is observed in bay, Karak, red or play green horses.
In some savage and muscular horses along the edges of the black mane and tail, pure white strands grow. This is especially noticeable in the Norwegian fjord breed.
Stripes are usually associated with “zoning” (wild) suits (savras, cows, and muscovies), occasionally with boulana and salt; It is usually found on the legs of a horse and is called Zebroid. This feature is a legacy of wild ancestors, tarpans.

Carbs are lightening of various colors (brown, yellow, white) around the eyes, mouth, groins, and sometimes in the area of ​​the elbows and on the buttocks. Brown burns are visible only in black horses, such horses are called Karakas. Yellow burns occur in more stripes; such horses are called muhorty, however this designation is used mainly in relation to the muscular suit. Whites are for sub-horses, but, as in the previous case, this term is traditionally applied to only one color variant – a bay with whitish blisters.

Apples – spots brighter than the surrounding background, the color on the horse’s body. Manifest with good feeding and maintenance in horses of almost all stripes, with the exception of the lightest masturbations and whites; for gray and tan suits, an appropriate extinguish is distinguished.

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