Black Horse

Black is a coat color of horses characterized by dark brown eyes, and black skin with an entirely black coat lacking brownish or reddish hairs. The color black occurs due to the presence Extension and Agouti genes. It is an uncommon coat color, and people unfamiliar with horses often mistake bays or dark chestnuts for black.

Black Horse

Black horses may have pink skin with white markings underneath areas of white hair, and if these markings occur around the eyes, they may be blue.

The black coat color has two varieties, including the “fading black” or “sun-bleached black” that occurs due to exposure to heat (causing them to sweat and lose the rich black shade) and “non-fading black” that do not get sun-bleached. A sun-bleached black is also confused with a smoky black coat color but can be identified by DNA testing or pedigree analysis.

Horse Breeds That Can Have Black Coat Color

  • Irish Draught Horse
  • Danish Warmblood
  • Lipizzan
  • Hanoverian Horse
  • Standardbred Horse
  • French Trotter
  • Clydesdale
  • Pintabian Horse
  • Appendix Quarter Horse
  • Murgese Horse
  • Spanish-Norman Horse
  • Shire Horse
  • Akhal Teke
  • Marwari Horse
  • Bose Pony
  • Arabian Horse
  • Andalusian Horse
  • Noriker Horse
  • Vyatka Horse
  • Friesian Sporthorse
  • Curly Horse
  • Tennessee Walking Horse
  • Lokai Horse
  • Gypsy Horse
  • Landais Pony
  • Icelandic Horse
  • Jutland Horse
  • Dales Pony
  • Dartmoor Pony
  • Dutch Warmblood
  • American Saddlebred
  • Fell Pony
  • Friesian Horse
  • Comtois Horse
  • Nivernais Horse
  • Nokota Horse
  • Peruvian Paso
  • Thoroughbred
  • Connemara Pony
  • Boulonnais Horse
  • Highland Pony
  • Mallorquin Horse
  • Shetland Pony
  • Hackney Horse
  • Ukrainian Riding Horse
  • Barb Horse
  • Morgan Horse
  • Sandalwood Pony
  • Oldenburg Horse

Black Horse Pictures