Once upon a time I was highly uptight about horses being called their correct coat color. There were the pretty palominos. Buckskins, not to be confused with duns. Bays. Blacks, but you had to make sure they were really truly black and not a black bay or seal brown or such. Grays, not white. Sorrels and chestnuts and when they might look like the same color but would be one and not the other. Oh and then the Paints (a breed), the Pintos (just the coloring) and Appaloosas. Plus in the Paints and Pintos there was the Overos, Tobianos, Toveros, Sabinos and something else too I think.
Somewhere along the way, I realized I don’t care that much.
Here’s the coat colors I use know.
Yellow – for palomino, because I really don’t care. It’s economy of syllables.
Bucky – I know it’s pretty close still to Buckskin. Sometimes I call them yellow but with black manes and tails.
Dun – I don’t care what shade of dun it is, red, green, purple or just dun – they’re all duns.
Bay – I haven’t come up with a shorter way to say red with black manes and tails.
Black – for anything that looks like it may be mostly black, even if it is seal brown, dark bay or whatever. I’ve been know to call liver chestnut horses black too.
Gray – for when they look like they are really gray.
White – for a gray horse that has grayed out enough that most ignorant people would call it a white horse.
Red – sorrel, chestnut, sometimes even a red dun – if it’s a shade of red or orange or copper – it’s a red horse.
Spot – any kind of spotted horse. Be it an Appaloosa, Paint, Pinto or something else I haven’t run across yet. If I’m feeling elaborate I will include what color is included with the spots.
Why? Like I said I don’t care that much (ok, except when I need to register a foal then it does matter.) Also, it irritates some people. Irritating people can be fun. Finally, it can make some people think I’m ignorant about horses. This can be a bonus. I can come in with ninja like skills and out horseman them and they never see it coming. Because I called that palomino horse yellow.
Oh one other thing before I show the examples. It has been said that a good horse is never a bad color. I disagree. Double dilutes (Cremellos and Perlinos – Google it) are ugly. Pink eyes and skin, no spots. No one has ever been able to pay me enough to ride one. Actually, I don’t even go in much for the spotted horses anymore. Give me a red horse any day and I’m happy.
Examples: (please note I don’t have sample pictures of all the colors, just a few)
Anyhow, you get the idea.