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Horse Sense: 6. What Do You Call Markings on Faces and Legs?

Facial markings can be named as follows;

BLAZE
A broad white stripe from the horse's forehead to his muzzle, may sometimes sweep over one or both nostrils.
STRIPE
A narrow white stripe, extending from forehead to, or almost to, the muzzle. May be straight or crooked.
STAR
Just as it sounds, a white star right in the middle of the horse's forehead.
SNIP
A little white stripe that is only on the horse's nose.

Facial markings may also be mixed, such as a star on the face plus a snip on the nose, or a short stripe plus a snip. White may also appear to spill over onto the lower lip and chin.

Leg markings include;

SOCK
White that covers the entire hoof, and can extend to anywhere from the ankle to the knee.
CORONET BAND
A white foot, but the fur coloring only encircles the upper edge of the hoof, (called the coronet band) and does not extend up the leg, at all.

Some schools of thought say that a white hoof is softer, and therefore a more vulnerable foot. If a horse loses a shoe, or gets in rough, rocky terrain, the fear is that the white hoof will be more easily damaged. Others argue this as an old wives' tale, but I will share this tidbit from days gone by;



"One white foot, buy him. Two white foot, try him. Three white foot, look well about him. Four white foot, go without him."









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Author: ErinRua

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Last Updated: 12/17/02

Original Post: 09/24/02

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