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Equine coat colors by SheWolff Equine coat colors by SheWolff
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<EDIT>Added a minor update to the Roan info, thanks Phee!</EDIT>
<EDIT2>Added brief information about pangaré, flaxen and sooty.</EDIT2>
So, here's my *long* overdue color chart! :w00t: And sorry, I didn't include any leg and face markings (my Photoshop nearly died from layer overload *lol*), though I may decide to add those later. I also didn't include some colors/patterns, like Pearl/Barlink dilution, or color combinations (like Silver grullo tobiano and Dunskin for example). :D
Oh, and just to be safe: No, I have not forgotten to add Albino to the chart, as no albino gene is known to exist in horses!

I tried to write down the most important information for each color, but please remember there's still much I haven't included. I ment to keep things rather simple, but if there's a term you don't understand, either ask me, or do an internet search.

Oh, and I decided to add the Swedish names of the colors just for fun. Maybe you'll learn a new word today? ;)
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:iconshishiyoukai:
shishiyoukai Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so useful!!! Brilliant!!!
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DWolfe06 Featured By Owner May 11, 2016
Will this be available as a print?
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niknac19 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015
hi just shared your chart
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Onixfia Featured By Owner May 29, 2015
This is amazing thank you so much. 

I was wondering about Red Rose Grey? Example: encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/ima…
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Monarchstar Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
My wife and I were looking at the chart for horse coloring to figure out our Breyer horse and their colorings if they were correct or not. I have horse books with charts but the coloring seems to be off. So we looked up real horse and then found this chart and your coloring is the closest to the real thing as possible. What I'm wondering is how to get my hands on a hard copy chart of this printed so I have it off the computer. Also if you have a Face marking chart and leg marking one too?
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MistyofSunrise Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What an incredible resource! Thank you for sharing it with us! :)
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valiantphotos Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Lovely! I will be using in a powerpoint for personal reference. I may or may not end up using the powerpoint in a class, if I do.. I will let you know. There will be a list of sources at the end with this page linked. :) Thank You! (Will have to crop for powerpoint but intend on showing the whole image.. just in pieces so it can be read at full scale!!!)
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AntiqueFyreStables Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is fantastic!
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LannVouivre Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is excellent!
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:iconacayth:
Acayth Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats the best colour chart I have ever seen! I love you!
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Furfur Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
Let me love you for that :O This is truly amazing.
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MonstaGuru Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is a gorgeous reference <3

do you mind when I get my personal species up I could link this for a horse pattern reference? :)

(course I will give credit to you XD)
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Melopsittacus Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What does it mean when a gene is lethal?

Great job btw!
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BlondeBanana98 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Probably kills the horse. Like Lethal Whites always die.
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Melopsittacus Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
but... what's the cause? deceases, weakness?
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BlondeBanana98 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not sure, it's just a morphed gene that makes the horses be under-developed at birth, that is if they aren't stillborn. Like most foals born with it don't have a proper digestive system and they die quickly. :P
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Melopsittacus Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh okay. it's sad, poor foals :(
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BlondeBanana98 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, that's why you have to be careful when breeding :P
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Melopsittacus Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yep!
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FreedomFlying Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Found at www.horsetesting.com/LWO.htm
Lethal White Overo (LWO) syndrome, also called overo lethal white syndrome (OLWS), occurs when a horse is homozygous (OO) for the frame overo gene.
It doesn't allow the intestinal system to develop properly.
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Cascadeur911 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student General Artist
This is... AMAZING. I saw this, and my first thought was JACKPOT!!!

I will SO be using this for references. It's no wonder it has over 2500 favorites!!
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Skyla-snow Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
Wow, this is, well, lets just say I'm speachless.
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TheRustyRobot Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very well done!
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SycamoreSea Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is holysnap the most helpful thing I have seen this week. It might not be exhaustive, but it sure looks like it. Magnificently done, and thank you! :heart:
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PanchKalian Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
A very helpful tutorial, thank you!
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EnchantedEquine Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very useful thanks!
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Printed-Shadows Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Used here, thank you! [link]
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Fishimish Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Useful :3
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LinnestoftasEternal Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Det här var jätte bra!!=D
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Howlingreaches Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
This is so handy! Thanks for putting it up :highfive:
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Helsinge Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O____O. Du är min hjälte... har haft himla krångel att försöka översätta mellan svenska och engelska namn på färger.
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DarlingBlue86 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Using on [link] =] Truly a beautiful chart, so very well-done!
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weweameme Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012   General Artist
03o NEAT. EPIC. JUST WOW. But, one thing-- Albino is the result of defective color genes that make it toware there is no color in the horse at all, except for skin color and white. ^^
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Soiea Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thankyou for this! It's going to help me out so much :3
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agrossman1 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Hi! I believe I asked you awhile ago (like four years ago XD) if it was possible to make this into a print that my Equine Science could buy to use in her class. It is now my senior year and I was hoping that, if you were able to make it a print, that I could buy it for her as a gift before I graduate and leave. She is a really AMAZING teacher and I'd love to do something special for her if I can. If you can't make it a print, I definitely understand. Just thought I'd ask :)
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agrossman1 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
*Equine Science teacher
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NikiNecrophagous Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I love how the max of layers is 8k :D <3
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OtakuGeek Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Åh det här var precis vad jag har letat efter i pälsfärgsväg. :D :D :D Kul med dem svenska namnen också. ;)
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Squirrelflight303 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Is it possible to have a blue roan silver dapple horse? :P
And can it be a pinto or appaloosa pattern?
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Elvaria Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011
I Know I want one tooooo they would be so pretty!
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Squirrelflight303 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes ^^
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Elvaria Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
:D
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weaselbeast Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
Beautiful work!
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WhisperingStallions Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011   Digital Artist
Thank you very much for posting this! It's helped me a lot to understand genetics!
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buckgirl567121 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is fantastic!
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jbdezoveelste Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
thnx this helps a lot with finding out what genetics my horses are :la:
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silleman12 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
well done!! im a bit miffed you didnt show smokey cream. but you are right it is hard to show. lol
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mooing-duckerberry Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know whether you have seen this yet or not, but between your chart here, and this deviation ([link]) I'm all kinds of excited with the things I'm learning to apply! I swear these two pieces were made to go together.
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ModernCowgirl Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohh this is wonderful! I've posted a link in my group's blog back to this page. :) It will be very helpful.
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FernGaze Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What causes non silver bay dapples?
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