March means all our horses tend to be ONE color - MUD COLORED! But really, horses come in a large variety of colors, and we often identify them by color. "The big buckskin" or "the bay with the star" can be heard as we introduce the horses to new people. It can sound like a foreign language! This month, let's get to know the basic colors of horses:
The following is a description of the basic colors of horses.
Gray: mixture of white with any other colored hairs, often born solid-colored or almost solid-colored and gets lighter with age as more white hairs appear.
Black: body color true black without light area: mane and tail black.
Bay: body color ranging from tan, through red, to reddish brown; mane and tail black; usually black on lower legs.
Sorrel: body color reddish or copper-red; mane and tail usually same color as body, but may be flaxen.
Chestnut: body color dark red or brownish-red; mane and tail usually dark red or brownish-red, but may be flaxen.
Brown: body color brown or black with light areas at muzzle, eyes, flank and inside upper legs, mane and tail black.
Buckskin: body color yellowish or gold; mane and tail black; black on lower legs; buckskins do not have dorsal stripes.
Palomino: body color a golden yellow; mane and tail white; palominos do not have dorsal stripes.
Dun: body color yellowish or gold; mane and tail are black or brown; has dorsal stripe and usually zebra stripes on legs, and transverse stripe over withers.
Grullo: body color smoky or mouse colored (not a mixture of black and white hairs, but each hair mouse colored); mane and tail black; usually has black dorsal stripe and black on lower legs.
Red Dun: a form of dun with body color yellowish or flesh colored; mane and tail are red or reddish flaxen; white or mixed; has red or reddish dorsal stripe and usually red or reddish zebra stripes on legs and transverse stripe over withers.
Blue Roan: more or less uniform mixture of white with black hairs over a large portion of the body, but usually darker on head and lower legs; can have a few red hairs in mixture.
Red Roan: more or less uniform mixture of white with red hairs on a large portion of the body, but usually darker on head and lower legs; can have red or flaxen mane and/or tail.
Or for the younger kids...
OK, so plaid doesn't exist, but what a cute chart!
How many colors can you identify in the GSH horses? Check them out here: http://www.gentlespirithorses.com/horses . Don't forget to check out the permanent residents too! And of course, we have a great coloring activity for you no matter your age! - check it out here:http://www.yetanothermomblog.com/posts/coloring-pages-horses-1/
The February Hands-On activity will be Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Join us at 45623 252nd Ave, Humboldt, SD 57055 for an afternoon of grooming and getting to know the Bug Club horses! Hands-On Memberships are $36 per year and allow you to attend up to 8 Hands-On Sessions a year. If you aren't a Hands-On Member, you can join us for a Hands-On Activity for $5 per child per session.