Horse Breeding

Color Coat Testing

March 23, 2012

AQHA now offers a horse coat color test and individual coat color tests.

Color Coat Testing

Determine the actual coat color of your horse. Journal photo.

AQHA is now offering several coat color tests, including a panel test, individual color tests and gray zygosity test. This test is designed to determine the actual coat color of a horse.

These tests can be done in the panel, as well as individually. If done as a panel, the cost is $85 for members and $125 for nonmembers. If ordering individual tests, the cost for members is $25 for each test, and nonmembers pay $65 for each test. Please note, roan is a separate test and not included in the panel test.

Get answers to all your coat color questions with AQHA’s Quarter Horse Coat Colors report.

The gray zygosity test determines if one or two copies of the gray gene are carried in the horse. The gray zygosity test is an additional $15 for members and $55 for nonmembers.

The coat color panel test includes:

Extension (Presence of red/black pigment)
Champagne dilution
Cream dilution
Dun dilution
Pearl dilution
Silver dilution
Gray (presence or absence of gray) – additional testing required
Lethal white overo

To order color tests, call AQHA at (806) 376-4811 and get the process started today.

AQHA’s equine color specialists are available during regular AQHA business hours to answer your coat color questions. Simply call (806) 376-4811. You can also ask your color questions on AQHA’s Facebook page at any time.

The valuable Quarter Horse Coat Colors report is a great addition to any horse lover’s library, and it’s an excellent resource for breeders who aspire to breed for certain colors.

To give you personalized, fast advice, AQHA equine color specialist Lisa Covey will be on AQHA’s Facebook page from 2 to 4 p.m. each Friday through June to answer your coat color questions.