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WRITTEN BY: Cheryl Sutor   [January 2000]

Black horses have pure black coats with no signs of brown or any other color. Many horse-people mistake dark bays or liver chestnuts for black. If you can see any other color (with the exception of white markings) on the horse's coat in the winter, he is not a true black. The reason I say "in the winter" is because the sun tends to lighten a dark horse's coat in the summer, and the exception is when the hair has been sun-burnt.

"Chuckling Charly" from Sugar Maple Farm © Al Crump

"LJJ Kay Cees Velvet" from Circle J Ranch © Michele Whitt

"Stormy Illusion" © Larissa Roberts

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This article was published on: January 2000. Last updated on: January 2000.