Thought 4the day: I cannot believe we have 6 horses going to homes and foster homes this week. It seems a huge amount of tears will be shed as some have been with us a long time and others not so long but their personalities have shone through and won our hearts. Its a happy ending for the few that have found their forever homes :o) It means more spaces then become available i know of 2 waiting in the wings to come in and another in the pipe line. It always seems to be many more need our help and thats what we shall give with every ounce of ourselves :o)
Quote 4the day: slowly slowly catch a horsey, fast and impatiant will catch noone!!
Fact 4the day: Markings on horses usually are distinctive white areas on an otherwise dark base coat color. Most horses have some markings, and they help to identify the horse as a unique individual. Markings are present at birth and do not change over the course of the horse's life. Most markings have pink skin underneath most of the white hairs, though a few faint markings may occasionally have ...white hair with no underlying pink skin. Markings may appear to change slightly when a horse grows or sheds its winter coat, however the difference is simply a factor of hair coat length, the underlying design does not change.
On a grey horse, markings visible at birth may become hidden as the horse turns white with age, but markings can still be determined by trimming the horse's hair closely, then wetting down the coat to see where there is pink skin and black skin under the hair.
Facial markings. Top row, L-R: Blaze, Stripe, Stripe (or thin blaze) and snip, Irregular blaze, Interrupted stripe, bald face. Bottom row, L-R: Faint star, Star, Star and strip, irregular star, snip, lip marking
Facial markings are usually described by shape and location. There may be more than one distinct facial marking and if so, will be named separately. Occasionally, when a white marking extends over an eye, that eye may be blue instead of brown, though this is not consistently seen in all cases.
Common facial markings are:
*Blaze: a wide white stripe down the middle of the face.
*Strip, stripe, or race: a narrow white stripe down the middle of the face.
*Bald Face: a very wide blaze, extending to or past the eyes. Some, but not all, bald faced horses also have blue eyes.
*Star: a white marking between or above the eyes. If a stripe or blaze is present, a star must be significantly wider than the vertical marking to be designated separately.
*Snip: a white marking on the muzzle, between the nostrils.
Additional terms used to describe facial markings include the following:
*Faint: A small, yet permanent marking that usually consists of white hairs without any underlying pink skin.
*Interrupted: A marking, usually a strip or blaze, that is broken and not solid for the entire length of the face.
*Connected: Occasionally used to describe distinctively different markings that happen to be joined to one another
*Irregular or crooked: A marking, usually a strip or blaze, that does not have a more or less straight path.
*Lip markings: have no specialized names, usually are described by location, such as "lower lip," "chin", etc. Lip markings may indicate presence of the sabino color pattern.