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Face & Leg Markings

Learn about horse & pony markings

Horse & Pony Face Markings

horse Face Markings guide
Face markings are the white markings on a pony’s face and muzzle. They are important for identification and registration with breed societies.

Bald Face:

A wide white marking that runs past the inside of the eyes and beyond the nostrils.

Blaze:

A white marking that occurs below the eye line and above the top of the nostrils, and extends outside of both nasal bones.

Star:

A white marking that occurs above the eye line.

Strip:

A white marking that occurs below the eye line and above the top of the nostrils, but within the nasal bones. Also referred to as a stripe or race.

Snip:

A white marking that occurs between the top and the bottom of the nostrils.

Horse & Pony Face Markings Examples

Some Well Known Face Markings Include:

Bald Face

A wide white marking that runs past the inside of the eyes and beyond the nostrils.

Snip

A white marking that occurs between the top and the bottom of the nostrils.

Blaze

A white marking that occurs below the eye line and above the top of the nostrils, and extends outside of both nasal bones.

Star, Strip, Snip

Star: A white marking that occurs above the eye line.

Strip: A white marking that occurs below the eye line and above the top of the nostrils, but within the nasal bones.

Snip: A white marking that occurs between the top and the bottom of the nostrils.

Star

A white marking that occurs above the eye line.

Star, Strip

Star: A white marking that occurs above the eye line.

Strip: A white marking that occurs below the eye line and above the top of the nostrils, but within the nasal bones.

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Welcome to the Face Markings Quiz!

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Name this pony's face marking:

Star, Strip

Which two face markings have the least amount of white?
Which face marking is found just on the forehead between the eyes?
Which face marking is found between the nostrils?
What is a blaze?
Which face marking has the most white?
Which three face markings can run the length of the horse's face?
Name this pony's face marking:

Bald Face

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Horse & Pony Leg Markings

Leg markings are the white areas on a pony’s legs. They are important for identification and registration with breed societies.

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Heel:

White marking that appears on one or both bulbs of a horse’s heel.

Ermine Spots:

Small dark spots that appear on any white marking near the hoof.

Coronet:

Thin white marking that runs near to the top of the hoof along the coronet band.

Half Pastern:

A white leg marking that covers half of the pastern.

Pastern:

A white leg marking that covers the pastern and does not go above the fetlock joint.

Sock:

A white leg marking that covers all of the pastern and over the fetlock joint.

Half-Cannon:

A white leg marking that extends up half of the cannon bone. Also called a half stocking.

Stocking:

A white leg marking that extends all the way up the cannon bone.

Horse & Pony Leg Markings

Leg Markings are described by how far up the leg the white hair goes.

Coronet

Thin white marking that runs near to the top of the hoof along the coronet band.

Half-Cannon

A white leg marking that extends up half of the cannon bone. Also called a half stocking.

Half-Pastern

A white leg marking that covers half of the pastern.

Stocking

A white leg marking that extends all the way up the cannon bone.

Pastern

A white leg marking that covers the pastern and does not go above the fetlock joint.

Ermine Spots

Small dark spots that appear on any white marking near the hoof.

Sock

A white leg marking that covers all of the pastern and over the fetlock joint.

Heel

White marking that appears on one or both bulbs of a horse’s heel.

Play the Leg Markings Memory Game

Turn over the cards to match the name of the leg marking with the correct picture.

Welcome to the Leg Markings Quiz!

Name
Which leg marking has the most white?
What are the black spots inside leg markings called?
Which leg marking has the least white?
Which leg marking covers half of the pastern?
Name this pony's leg marking.Stocking

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Other Marks

Hanovarian brand

Brand

A design burned into the horse that is usually used to identify the animal with a breed.

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Freeze Brand Pony

Freeze Brand

A brand made by freezing instead of burning, usually on the neck. Numbers and letters are usually used, and the hair grows back in white.

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