Learn about horse & pony coat colors with this guide, and test you knowledge by taking the coat colors quiz.
A pony's coat color means the color of his body and head, and his mane and tail. Coat colors are used to identify horses and describe how they look, along with face and leg markings.
Learn About Coat Colors
Grey horses are born with a solid base color such as chestnut or bay, and slowly become lighter grey as they get older. The greying process often starts when foals shed their baby coat, although it can take several years for the grey color to show. Dapples can appear between the ages of 4 and 12 as the horse gets lighter as they age. Horses with any base color can dapple.
Strawberry Roan horses & ponies, also known as Red Roan, have a chestnut base coat with white hairs mixed in that creates a slightly mottled appearance. This creates a range of colors that have a pink tint to the body color. Strawberry Roans keep their base color on their heads, manes and tails.
Grulla or Grullo colored horses have the Dun gene and appear to be mouse-colored or tan-grey. They have dark tips on their ears, a dark face and legs, and have a dorsal stripe that runs down their back. Grulla horse & ponies often have dark stripes on their legs, forehead, back, shoulders or neck.
The Appaloosa color coat has small round spots or speckles. They can have a dark base coat with light spots, white with dark spots, roan with patches of spots, or have a dark base coat with a white "blanket" and spots over the hindquarters.
Play the Coat Colors Game
Drag the name onto the pony with the correct coat color.