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Markings on Horses

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#Horse Facial & #Leg Markings

A horse’s #facial markings appear in a variety of colors; a common characteristic is white on the head of the horse. This blog post will touch on the various markings, as well as explain what they are.

Reference of Facial Markings on the Horse

Facial Markings on Horses

Facial Markings

Facial markings are usually labeled by their shape and location on the face.

  • Blaze: Wide, white stripe down the middle of the face on the muzzle.
  • Strip / Stripe: a thin white stripe down the center most part of the face.
  • Bald Face: a very broad blaze, reaching to or past the eyes. Some, but not all, bald faced horses also have blue eyes.
  • Star or Heart Shape:: a white marking among the center of the muzzle or above the eyes in the shape of a heart or star.
  • Snip: a white design on the muzzle, between the nostrils of the horse.

Additional Descriptive Terms Include:

  • Faint: White hairs as normal marking but without underlying pink skin.
  • Interrupted: A broken or incomplete marking.
  • Connected: Sometimes used to describe separate markings that run into each other.
  • Irregular: A strip or blaze that is not straight.
  • Lip markings: Lip markings do not have specific names but are referred to by location, for example; the chin, muzzle or any other locations on the horse.

Leg markings

Leg markings are usually described by the highest point of the horse’s leg that is covered by white.


         Stocking: White marking up to knee, hock, or above the hock.

  • Sock / Boot: Above the fetlock but lower than the knee and the hock.
  • Fetlock: Stretching from the hoof to above the fetlock.
  • Pastern: white marking that extends above the top of the hoof, but stops below the fetlock.
  • Coronet: A white marking just above hoof, about an inch or less.
  • Partial Pastern: When marking extends only up part of leg.
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Other Markings

Bend, spotsor Ben d’Or, Smuts, or Grease Spots:  are a type of spotted marking found on horses. They are fairly rare and range in color from slightly darker than the horse’s coat to an almost-black shade.


Ermine Marks: black marks on top of a white marking.

Ermine Spots on Horses

Individual patches that are not typical markings and are not large or regular enough to make the horse ‘colored’ are known as body spots and are described by location, for example; ‘belly spot’.

I #hope you learned as much as I did!!!

Ta Ta for Now, Tena Marie 

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