Star, stripe, snip - what does your horse have? There are many markings a horse can display on their face. Let's look at the differences!
Maybe your horse is a plain jane, with no facial markings. This beautiful Standardbred has no markings, but is still gorgeous!
If your horse has white on its nose only, this is called a snip. Often times the nose is pink skinned under the snip. This marking can also vary in size from dime sized or smaller, to covering almost the entire nose.
Does your horse have a white spot high on the face, often times between or above the eyes? This is called a star. A very common marking, stars can range from just a few white hairs to grapefruit sized or larger.
A stripe is pretty self explanatory! It is a long, thin stripe of white down the face. It often extends down the nose, becoming a stripe with a snip.
Similar to a stripe, a blaze is also a long white marking - only it is thick instead of thin. A blaze almost always extends down the nose and often includes the nostrils as well. Blazes are common in Draft breeds. Here it is on a stunning Clydesdale.
A bald face is the maximum amount of white in facial markings. Even wider than a blaze, a bald face often includes around the eyes, nostrils, and lips. It can also extend down the cheeks on either side of the face. Blue eyes are common but not required for a bald face.
A more unusual, uncommon marking is the badger face. Also sometimes known as a "reverse blaze", this is when a color other than white covers most of the face.
There are many markings a horse can have on its face, or no markings at all. Each marking is unique and it can be fun to see all the differences!
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