I hope you learned a little something from my last post! By the end of this series, you can walk away feeling 80% confident that you can talk to a horse person without a sweat! (I wouldn’t count on full 100%. Horse people can be tricky.)
This time, we will be talking about the different types, colors, and patterns of a horse.
There are five different types of horse; heavy or draft, light, stock, gaited, and pony.
And, as it happens, there are two different kinds of draft. One with tons of feathers on the feet (the long hair reaching from knee to foot), and the other with little. The ones with a little feather are usually a little less heavy muscle and build-wise.
The light horses are the ones that are usually tall and leggy.
Though, not all are. Some are small and a little more compact.
Stock horses are usually small, compact, and very versatile. They’re the ones you see racing around barrels or herding cattle.
It’s harder to distinguish gaited horses from others, except for when they move. Then they’ll get into heel-kicking action like this one.
Gaited horses are the ones that are very showy and flashy, and very beautiful.
Ponies aren’t really horses, but are still part of the equine family. They are just small to very small horses. They are small, compact, hardy, and have spunky temperaments.
There are a whole lot of colors of horse. These are just a handful of them.
(May favorite color!)
These are just a few of the coat color patterns a horse can have.
There are three types of appaloosa – snowflake, leopard, and blanket. Snowflake is white spots on color, leopard is colored spots on white, and blanket is a white patch on the back end that can have colored spots on the white or not.
Two types of pinto that you need to know – tobiano and overo. Tobianos have white on their back while overos have color on their back.
This one is a very rare and interesting pattern. It is where white is swirled across the color of the horse, making a ‘marble’ pattern.
That’s all for now. Next post we will be addressing the different riding styles and horse tack.
(NOTE: all pictures used, unless noted, are not mine. They were found on the internet to only be used for reference in this post.)