Colors & Markings

Bay

Bay horses have a body color coat that ranges from light-to-dark reddish-brown hues, and are distinguished by their black mane and tail, legs and ears rims.

Black

The Black horse’s entire body color is black. The black foal may be an overall mousy grey at birth, but will be black (unless diluted) when […]

Chestnut/Sorrel

Chestnuts vary in shade from a light golden red to a dark reddish brown. Quite often, the mane and tail will be the same color as […]

White

White horses are extremely rare and are born pure white and have dark eyes and pink skin with no freckles or spots on skin or hair. […]

Coat Color Codes:

AC-Amber Cream Champagne
AM-Amber Champagne
BA-Bay
BL-Black
BN-Brown
BR-Black Roan
BU-Buckskin

CC-Classic Cream Champagne
CH-Chestnut
CL-Classic Champagne
CP-Champagne
CR-Cremello
GC-Gold Cream Champagne
GO-Gold Champagne

GR-Grey
HR-Chestnut Roan
PA-Palomino
PE-Perlino
RR-Grey Roan
SB-Smoky Black
SC-Smoky Cream

Patterns

Overo

Overo coat patterns occur on any color background and the white areas on overos are usually crisply and cleanly delineated from the colored areas, although some […]

Sabino

The Sabino pattern usually has white that extends up the legs in ragged patches, and then extends onto the horse’s body from the belly. The head […]

Tobiano

A Tobiano can be any solid-colored horse with legs that are usually white and white spots that are arranged vertically with body spotting that is regular, […]

Tobiano/Sabino

The combination of the Tobiano and Sabino patterns is a common occurrence in the Tennessee Walking Horse. The Tobiano/Sabino shows characteristics of both the tobiano and […]

Tovero

A Tovero can have dark pigmentation around the ears, which may extend to cover the forehead and/or eyes. One or both eyes are blue. Most Tovero […]

Color Pattern Codes:

MS-Maximum White Sabino
OV-Overo
SA-Sabino
TO-Tobiano
TS-Tobiano/Sabino

Dilutions

Dun

The Dun gene is a dilution gene that can lighten any body coat color in varying degrees. The dun must prominently display a dark dorsal stripe […]

Silver

The Silver gene is a dilution gene that affects only black pigment of the mane and tail and dilutes black body color only slightly. The mane […]

Dilution Codes:

DU-Dun
SIL-Silver

Modifiers

Grey

Grey is a color modifier and no horse is born grey. Grey begins to modify the birth coat color sometimes months or even years later. They […]

Roan

Roan is not a color. It modifies any coat color with a mixture of white hairs, intermingled from birth with the darker hairs of the coat […]

Modifier Codes:

GR-Grey
RN-Roan

Genetics

Coat Colors of Tennessee Walking Horses – TWHBEA recognizes and records many coat colors and since most Tennessee Walking Horses are registered as foals between the ages of three to six months, it is sometimes difficult to determine the true color of the foal.


Genetic Color Chart