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How Do I... Draw The Horse's Markings

Markings (click on image to see detail)Markings: True and Faint: ( click on image to see detail )

The Association defines markings as configurations of solid white hairs contrasting with the surrounding coat color. "True" white markings grow from pink skin. Markings which grow from dark skin are described as "faint" markings. This distinction is particularly important on grey horses which grow lighter in coat color as they age, often disguising white markings. Pink skin is a permanent identifying mark.

All white markings should be recorded on the registration application form, and on grey horses a distinction must be made between "true" and "faint" markings. If your horse is grey you must complete boxes for underlying pink skin on the markings form. Pink skin is easier to identify if the coat is wet or shaved.

When you draw markings, secure your horse in front of you so that you can get all of the details. Don't try to do it from memory. Draw only (do not color in) the outline of the white markings. Do not draw black points on a bay horse. Remember, your drawing will become a part of the horse's permanent record. Be precise!

Facial Markings: ( click on image for more detail )

Face Markings (click on image to see detail)For purposes of registration, facial markings will be described as follows:

  • Star - any white marking occurring above the eye line.
  • Strip - any white marking occurring below the eye line and above the top of the nostrils but within the nasal bones.
  • Snip - any white marking occurring between the top of the nostrils and the bottom of the nostrils.
  • Upper lip - any white marking occurring below the nostrils, but still on the upper lip.
  • Lower lip and chin - any white marking occurring on the lower lip and/or chin.

Leg Markings: ( click on image for more detail )

Leg Markings (click on image to see detail)Be sure to draw all markings exactly as they appear on your horse (same shape, same location).

The fore legs on the markings illustrations have been shaded to provide a clear distinction from the hind leg illustrations. If a leg marking is indicated, a hoof color must be checked. It is assumed that all markings originate from the coronet band.

Body Markings:

A written description of any unusual body markings, noting color, size, shape, and location should be included on the application form. Draw only white markings on the form. While the written descriptions may not appear on the Certificate of Registration, they will become a part of the horse's permanent record, and may be helpful should questions of identify arise.

Body markings usually fall into four categories: 1) dark patches on a bay or chestnut; 2) grey or roan patches; 3) white marks (these should be drawn in); and 4) any discernible scars.

Brands, tattoos, or freeze marks should also be recorded, noting design and location.

Hoof Color:

For registration and identification purposes, hoof colors should be recorded as follows:

  • Dark hoof - black or dark in color. Normally, there will not be a marking above a dark hoof.
  • White hoof - white or light in color. Normally, there will be a marking above a white hoof.
  • Parti-colored hoof - a hoof that shows white and dark areas in stripes or larger areas. Normally, there will be a marking above a parti-colored hoof.

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