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Horse Face Markings

Learn about horse & pony face markings

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.

Horse & Pony Face Markings Examples

Some Well Known Face Markings Include:

Bald Face

A bald face is a wide white marking that extends past the eyes, down the face, and beyond the nostrils.

Strip

A Strip is a long, narrow marking that runs 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 if it is crooked, it may be called a race.

Blaze

A blaze is a medium to wide white face marking that runs down the length of the horse’s face.

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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.

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Faint Star

Horses can have a very tiny marking on their forehead that is made up of just a few hairs. This is called a Faint Star.

Face Markings Can Be Combined

Different Combinations of Face Markings can include:

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Horses can have a Star on their forehead and a Snip on their muzzle.

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Horses can have a star that is combined with a strip that goes down the face.

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Horses can even have a star, strip, and snip combination that can be all one marking, or broken up into separate markings.

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Guide to Horse Face Markings Locations

Bald Face:

A bald face is a wide white marking that extends past the eyes, down the face, and beyond the nostrils.

Blaze:

A blaze is a medium to wide white face marking that runs down the length of the horse's face.

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.

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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.