color is my foal?
Under The Foal Coat: Clues for
Getting the Right Color
US Arabian Horse Registry records the
following coat colors: bay, chestnut, grey, black, and roan.
Most Arabians are registered as foals between the ages of three
and six months. Sometimes, this makes it difficult to correctly
specify the coat color on the registration application because
foals are usually born chestnut or dull bay and change colors
after losing their foal coats.
Most foals will begin to lose their fuzzy baby hair around
the eyes and nostrils and the root of the tail first, followed
by the legs. Check the color of the smooth hair in these
areas. Usually, that will be the foal's permanent color.
Webster's Dictionary and Common Knowledge, Coat Colors are
Described as follows:
- Black: The entire coat of the horse is black,
including the muzzle, the flanks, the mane, tail and legs,
unless white markings are present.
- Chestnut: Any shade of pure
or reddish brown with mane, tail and points of the same
or a lighter shade. The mane, tail and legs are usually variations
of coat color, unless white markings are present. Chestnut
foals who will not grey are generally born with pink
skin around the eyes that will darken in a few days.
- Bay: The entire coat of the horse will vary from a reddish
brown to a dark brown, with some areas around the flanks
or muzzle showing tan. The mane, tail and lower portion
of the legs are always black, unless white markings are present.
- Grey: A neutral color ranging between black and white.
The mane, tail and legs may be either black or gray, unless
white markings are present.
- Roan: The majority of the coat will have the base coat
of (as black, red, grey, or brown) muted and lightened
by admixture of white hairs.
may be difficult to tell the difference between
a rose grey and a roan at first. Roans show their permanent
coat color after shedding their foal coats. Unlike
greys, they do not dapple nor do they progressively
lighten in color. Most roans will have a dark head, while
grey foals will first turn light on the head.
Do I Know if the Foal will be Grey As an Adult? Here
are some helpful hints if you are having trouble determining
if your foal will be grey as an adult:
remember to look for pink skin underneath the white
hairs and mark "yes" or "no" in the Underlying Pink Skin
it is feasible, clip and/or wet the legs and face to
make it easy to identify pink skin.
the hoof color is light or parti, you will almost always
find pink skin above the coronet band.
white markings with underlying pink skin are "true" markings
on a grey horse as when the foal sheds to its adult
coat, those markings will disappear.
there are no dark areas around the eyes and muzzle
and the foal is born with a colored foal coat, the
foal will be grey
the eyes develop a "raccoon" look around the outside
of the eyes, the foal will be grey.