What are Face Markings?
Face markings are the white hairs that appear on a horse's face and head.
Why is it important to know the names of face markings?
The names of face markings are important for identifying horses in a group, describing them to others, and for registration with breed societies.
Do all horses have face markings?
No, some horses have no white markings at all and have a dark base color without any white.
Face Markings Can Be Combined
Different Combinations of Face Markings can include:
Horses can have a Star on their forehead and a Snip on their muzzle.
Horses can have a star that is combined with a strip that goes down the face.
Horses can even have a star, strip, and snip combination that can be all one marking, or broken up into separate markings.
Guide to Horse Face Markings Locations
A bald face is a wide white marking that extends past the eyes, down the face, and beyond the nostrils.
A blaze is a medium to wide white face marking that runs down the length of the horse's face.
A white marking that occurs above the eye line.
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.
A white marking that occurs between the top and the bottom of the nostrils.
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.