Horse Markings

Horses can have lots of unique marking on their bodies. These markings are great for distinguishing certain horses. Markings can be on almost any breed, gender, or color of horse. Some horses may have plenty of markings, while others have few or none. Markings are usually on a horse’s legs or face. So let’s take a look at some horse markings!

Face Markings:

Horses can have a lot of markings on their faces. These include a blaze, stripe, star, snip, bald face, and whorl.


A blaze is a vertical, white strip down the horse’s face. It is fairly broad/wide. horse blaze


A stripe, like a blaze, is a vertical, white strip down the horse’s face, but it is much narrower/thinner.


A star is a white mark on a horse’s forehead. It is not a strip and does not run down the horse’s face. A star does not have to be in the shape of a star; it can be in any shape at all.


A snip is a white mark on the horse’s nose, between the horse’s nostrils.

Bald Face:

A bald face is a very, very wide white blaze. It goes across the front of the horse’s face. It also covers the horse’s nose and reaches it’s eyes.


Lots of horses have whorls, or little circles of hair that point in different directions. Whorls are usually located on a horse’s forehead.

Leg Markings:

There are a lot of markings that are located on a horse’s legs as well. These include socks, stockings, white coronets, and white pasterns.


Socks are white markings that cover the lower part of a horse’s leg. Socks always go above the fetlock but never reach the horse’s knee or hock.


Stockings are white marks that are very similar to socks. The only difference is that they always reach the horse’s knee/hock and sometimes cover or go above them.

White coronets:

White coronets cover the horse’s coronet, which is a small area just above the hoof. They are often barely noticeable because they are so small.

White pasterns:

White pasterns are on a horse’s pastern area, which is slightly higher than the coronet. The pastern area is between a horse’s hoof and fetlock.

Other Markings:

While most of the markings are on a horse’s face or legs, not all are. Some, like flesh marks and acquired marks, are located on other parts of a horse’s body.

Flesh Marks:

Flesh marks are white patches on a horse’s belly. These are on a horse’s underside or flanks. Flesh marks are often seen on Clydesdale horses.

Acquired Marks:

When a horse has white marks or patches on their back or other, unusual places, these are almost always due to an injury or wound. Marks in these places are most likely not natural.

Those are the gist of horse markings. As you can see, there is a great variety of markings horse’s can have. These markings make every horse unique in its appearance.