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Colors of Paso Fino Horses

 

     As you can see from the rest of this site, Paso Fino horses come in many different colors, from white to black, chestnut to bay, and those exciting colors like palomino, pinto, buckskin, and dun.  You are welcome to browse through the rest of my site as you will find many of these colors in the horses for sale section.  

The Fancy Colors

                      Palomino Paso Fino
     The palomino Paso Fino is one of the most striking colors you can get.  The palomino color is a dilution of the chestnut gene.  Palominos come in shades all the way from a light blonde to a very dark golden tan with a white mane and tail..  
                                Cremelo Paso Fino
     At first glance, you might think that these two horses were the same color. Their bodies are both white, their mane and tail are both slightly cream with a red tinge, but then there is the face.  Cremelos are chestnut based, Perlinos are bay based.  Hard to tell them apart, until you breed them.

     The mare on the left has pink pigment and pink skin, therefore... a cremelo.  The other is a gray that has gone white... black skin.  

                                    Pinto Paso Fino
     If you want brilliant flash and lots of color, the pinto might be for you.   Pintos come in all different colors depending on the solid base color.    

     Homozygous for pinto means that a horse will always produce pinto offspring.  

                                  Buckskin Paso Fino
     Buckskin is a very clean, clear color.  It is shades of tan or yellow with a black mane and tail.  The legs are black over the knees..         

You may see what you would think is a buckskin with a smutty look to the color.  That is not a buckskin... it is a dun.

                                      Dun  Paso Fino
     This boy is a dun not a buckskin.  Duns have primitive markings that are very obvious.  The dark dorsal stripe that runs from the base of the mane down into the tail.  The barring or zebra stripes above the dark legs, and the lighter frosting of the top layer of the mane.  Duns can be any base color.  
                                    Black Paso Fino
     Black is an interesting and beautiful color in a paso fino.  It is highly prized both in the American show and trail market and the Latino show market.  A true black is almost blue black and is extremely difficult to photograph well.  

     Black is one of those colors that will bleach out in the sun.  A black that is sun bleached will appear brown.   

The Standard Colors

                                     Bay Paso Fino
     Bay paso finos always have a black mane and tail, and black legs.  There are many different shades of bay from red or mahogany bay to black bay. 

     Bay is one of the most plentiful colors in the paso fino breed.  It is highly prized in the show ring and on the trails.  

                                     Chestnut Paso Fino
     Chestnut is another color that can come in all different shades of red.  Chestnut goes from as light as apricot  or peach to as dark as liver chestnut that is almost purple.  

      Liver and apricot are both rare colors, with the copper colored and red chestnut most common.  Other breeds may call this color sorrel.  

                                       Gray Paso Fino
     Gray is one of those colors that always fades to light.  A gray is often born a darker, solid color like black, bay, or even chestnut.  Somewhere in the first or second year, you will start to see light patches showing up on the muzzle or in the tail.  That is a sure sign that a horse is going to gray out.  Grays always fade.   It is inevitable.  
                                           Chrome
     Chrome refers to all of those white markings on horses' legs and faces.  You can have a blaze, star, snip, bald face, and any combination of them, all with different names.  The white markings on the feet can be on any of four legs and feet and go from a small as a line around the coronet all the way up to stockings which are high on the legs.  All of these white markings help identify a particular horse and are always marked on the registration papers.  

     Chrome is a colloquial term, that is widely accepted.  White markings are desirable in the trail market and less desirable in the show market.  It is all a matter of personal preference and very normal in all breeds of horses.