popular colors cowgirl magazine

Horses come in a rainbow of neutral colors- brown, gray, black, and golden. Without a doubt, some coat shades are more popular than others. Much like a person, your horse’s genetics dictate what color they will be.

  1. Bay: The rich brown color known as bay is one of the most common colors that horses come in. Bay is considered a base color. These horses have black accents around their ears and muzzle. Their mane and tail is black too.
  2. Chestnut: This beautiful red color is another popular one. These horses can come in different shades from liver chestnut to darker red. Their mane and tail usually match their coat color.
  3. Black: The deep shade of black is considered a base color. These horses must be truly black with no red hues in their coat. Their mane and tail match their body.
  4. Gray: A gray coat color has another base. In time, they lose their pigment and become light gray to white.
  5. Palomino: The beautiful golden color of palomino is a favorite. These horses have a red base and cream dilution gene. Their mane and tail is a shade of white.
  6. Buckskin: Another striking hue, buckskin horses have a bay base and cream gene. Unlike palominos, they have black points. Their mane and tail is black in color.
  7. Sorrel: Similar to chestnut horses, this group is often a slightly lighter shade with a flaxen or blonde mane and tail.
  8. Pinto: This unique color consists of a base shade with white patches over top. Paint horses are known for this coloration, but many breeds can have it.

There are a few other horse colors you may see like dun and cremello, though they’re a lot less common than these top eight.