A Buckskin horse is described as a tanned yellow horse with black points. Tan or gold coloured coat with black mane, tail and lower legs. Many people think this is a desirable and attractive colour on horses. You might have heard about the colour Dun - that is often associated with the Buckskin. There is a misconcenption that dun is a shade of the Buckskin, but that is actually not the care. Here are 5 interesting facts about the buckskin horse that you probably didn't know:
1) THE BUCKSKIN HORSE IS NOT A BREED
The Buckskin horse is sometimes referred to as a breed, but the buckskin is actually only a common hair coat colour and not a breed. The buckskin can be found in many different breeds, since its a common colour, for example in Quarter horses, Paints and crossbreeds etc.
2) BUCKSKIN COLOR AND DUN COLOR ARE NOT THE SAME
Buckskin horses are often confused with dun colored horses, but they are not the same. The colours are very similar but there´s one clear feature to keep them apart. The Duns have a dorsal stripe over the back, and usually also leg stripes. Those features can only occur on a dun coloured horse, and never in a straight buckskin.
3) BREEDING A BUCKSKIN CAN BE TRICKY
A Buckskin colour is produced when a horse that carries the dominant cream gene (cremello, palomino, buckskin or smoky black fur) breeds with a horse that carries the bay gene.
4) THE BUCKSKIN COLOUR ORIGINATED FROM 'SORRAIA'
The Buckskin is thought to have originated from the spanish breed Sorraia. Most Buckskins are of Spanish origins, European pony origin or of Americas Norfolk Trotter origin.
5) THERE ARE MULTIPLE SHADES OF BUCKSKIN COLOURS
There are many different shades of Buckskin, including Cream Buckskin, Silver Buckskin, Standard Buckskin, Golden Buckskin, Burnt/Sooty Buckskin, Brown Buckskin and Smoky Black Buckskin.