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WRITTEN BY: Cheryl Sutor   [January 2000]

Chestnut, (also known as "sorrel"), is reddish brown. The points (mane, tail, legs and ears) are the same color as the horse's body (other than white markings). Chestnuts range from light yellowish brown to a golden-reddish or dark liver color. All chestnuts have shades of red in their coats.

Horse: Preacher   © Tiffany Piltz

Red Chestnut

Bright reddish and/or orange shades. This color is very appealing since it is usually bright and shiny, and very saturated. The red chestnut always has red highlights that really stand out.

Horse: Wings   © Karen Welch

Horse: Elding   © Tim Kvick

Light Chestnut

Light reddish-brown. Light chestnuts do not usually have points that are lighter than their body. The tips of their manes and tails may be lighter, but the base is the same color. If their mane/tail/legs etc. are significantly lighter than their body, they might be a flaxen chestnut or palomino.

Horse: ?   © Tiffany Piltz

Flaxen Chestnut

Flaxen chestnuts are a chestnut colored body with a light flaxen (cream/off-white) colored mane and tail. Legs and tip of ears are the same color as the horse's body. Many people get confused between flaxen chestnut, light chestnut and palomino. This horse is a flaxen chestnut.

Horse: Name Unknown?

Liver Chestnut

A liver chestnut is the darkest of the chestnut colors. Liver chestnuts do not have black points. Notice the chestnut tint in the horse's mane and tail?

Horse: Satin   ©Karen Welch

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