Unusual Markings

America’s Horse is calling for photos of your odd-colored or unusually marked American Quarter Horse.

America’s Horse is calling for photos of your odd-colored or unusually marked American Quarter Horse.

Go Man Go
The 1953 stallion Go Man Go, registered as a roan, was a sorrel with rabicano markings. AQHA file photo.

It’s the exciting and busy time of year when foals are hitting the ground. Eager foal owners are looking for coat color advice so they can decide the correct color to register their foals with AQHA.

AQHA is here to help with every step of that process! You can e-mail an AQHA equine color specialist, or ask us your questions on AQHA’s Facebook page any time. We even offer a live chat with a color specialist on Facebook each Friday through June from 2 to 4 p.m. CST.

You’ll also want to download AQHA’s Coat Color Genetics Chart, a free colorful chart with examples of each horse color.

One of AQHA’s most popular ebooks is Quarter Horse Coat Colors, available at Quarter Horse Outfitters. Quarter Horse Coat Colors gives invaluable advice on how each of the 17 AQHA-recognized Quarter Horse colors is derived. Plus, it’s a great resources for breeders aspiring to breed for a specific foal color. Quarter Horse Coat Colors is a wonderful addition to any horseman’s library.

Send Us Your Photos

Andrea Caudill, author of Quarter Horse Coat Colors and editor of the Q-Racing Journal, is working on a second Quarter Horse coat color series for America’s Horse, and she needs your help!

Andrea is looking for photos of Quarter Horses with odd coloring or unusual markings. So grab your camera and snap a couple good shots of your horse with odd markings or coloring.

  • Take several good photos of your Quarter Horse, highlighting his unusual features.
  • Make sure your photo is high resolution.
  • Include your horse’s registered name.
  • Include the horse’s owner’s name.
  • Email to Andrea.

We know you’ll want to catch each article in Andrea’s upcoming series, so be sure your AQHA membership is current! Andrea’s series will be featured in AQHA’s member publication, America’s Horse!

6 thoughts on “Unusual Markings”

  1. My appendix quarter horse’s papers say he was born red roan. When I bought him at age 8 he was a flea bittin gray with roan spots. At age 17 the roan spots are increasing and becoming very prominent. Is that unusual?

  2. I have a Blackburn/Pacific Bailey bred smokey black 2010 filly, very unique color, love her cream colored ear fuzz!

  3. Hello Barbara,

    Thank you for your e-mail and to answer your question. Rabciano is a white hair pattern usually concentrated in the flank area over the barrel and white at root of tail (skunk tail). Roan is also a white hair pattern but evenly over the neck and body area and also has a roan parent.

    Lisa Covey
    Equine Color Specialist

  4. I have a great-grandson of Go Man Go, registered as a brown, with a palm sized roan patch on the left side of his neck. As he has aged (he was foaled in 1989) he has developed a faint white circle on this left cheek.
    My neighbor has a mare, also Go Man Go line with the roan patch on her flank. Is this white marking common in Go Man Go offspring/descendants?

    I have always wondered about Go Man Go, who is described as a strawberry roan. He looks to be more chestnut/sorrel color in all the pictures I’ve seen. Maybe a diluted gene?


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