It has been said that if you put twenty horse people in a room with one horse then you will get twenty different definitions for the same horse color.
Since there are even more different descriptions used with model horses, I will attempt to explain how each term is used on the Ponylagoon.


Alabaster - A white model horse color. These can have points of a different color and may have shading of light grey or cream with a mostly white base. This term is not used with real horses.

Appaloosa - A spotted horse coat pattern and also a term used to describe a breed. These horses follow many different spotted patterns and can have any solid color with white.

Bay - A brown horse color ranging from reddish brown to dark brown to light brown. The points will be black.

Black - A black horse color. Black is the darkest shade that combines all other colors of the light spectrum.

Bronze - A slightly metallic dark brown horse color that is similar to untarnished bronze metal. A decorator color.

Brown - A horse color that is very dark brown. Ranging from almost black to the color of milk chocolate.

Buckskin - A horse color ranging from yellow to orange to golden. The points will be chestnut, brown or black. A buckskin will have no dorsal stripe.

Charcoal - A very dark horse color ranging from brown to grey. The points will be white.

Chestnut - A brown horse color ranging from reddish brown to dark brown to golden brown. The points will also be a shade of brown or gold.

Copenhagen - A horse color ranging from light blue to greyish blue. Dappled with white all over the body. The points will be white. A decorator color.

Coronet bands - White markings found on the legs. They are lower than the fetlock joints.

Dappled - These typically show up on grey horses but can be found on other colors too. Model horse dapples can sometimes be tiny pin point marks or larger round marks. They can be lighter or darker than the horse's coat color. They can appear all over the horse or in just one area.

Decorator Color - A color found on model horses but unrealistic for real horses.

Dorsal Stripe - A line that runs down the horse's back from the mane to the tail. It usually is black or dark brown. Some equestrians refer to horses with a dorsal stripe as line-backed.

Dun - A horse color ranging from yellow to orange to golden. The points will be chestnut, brown or black. A dun must have a dorsal stripe.

Flaxen - This color refers to the mane and tail color. It can describe white, blond or golden hair. A horse with flaxen points will have flaxen colored mane, tail, legs and sometimes a muzzle.

Flocked - This is a model with a fuzzy coat. Flocking comes in any color.

Florentine - A metallic horse color ranging from gold to brass. Dappled with white all over the body. The points will be white. A decorator color.

Gold Charm - A metallic horse color ranging from gold to brass. The points will be white. A decorator color.

Gold Frost - A metallic alabaster horse color. The points will be gold. Gold snowflakes will be on the body. A decorator color.

Grullo - A horse color ranging from solid grey to greyish brown to greyish yellow. The points will be darker and can be black. A grullo should have a dorsal stripe and leg barring. Real horse grullos will always have a dorsal stripe but models may be missing it. Grulla is the feminine term for Grullo.

Leg Barring - Darker bands seen on the upper legs. They are most commonly found on duns and grullas.

Metallic - A shiny look in the horse's body color. This is a reflective appearance seen in the correct lighting, similar to metal in the paint.

Midnight Blue - A dark blue horse color. The points will be white. White or light blue snowflakes will be on the body. A decorator color.

Overo - A pinto pattern. Tough to describe in a few words these pintos will usually have a pinto patch on their head. They also usually have solid legs or regular leg markings and they have no white that crosses over their spine. Their patches are usually more jagged than the tobianos and toveros.

Paint - The term Paint is not used on the Ponylagoon to describe color. Rather it is used to describe the horse's breed. Not just any horse with white patches can be a registered Paint.

Palomino - A horse color ranging from yellow to orange to golden. The points will be flaxen.

Pearlescent - A model horse color that is reflective or glossy on a white or alabaster base. Similar in appearance to a pearl.

Pinto - A horse with patches of white and a solid horse color. These horses can be mostly white or mostly a solid color or a good mix of both. Pintos follow a tobiano, tovero or overo pattern.

Points - Usually the points include the legs, mane and tail. Sometimes the muzzle and ear tips will also be included.

Roan - These horses will have a mix of solid and white hairs. They have less white on their face and legs making those areas appear darker. They are sometimes confused with sabinos.

Rose Grey - These horses will have a coat with a mix of grey and brown or cream. They can appear almost cream with a hint of grey or blue. They can also appear almost steel grey with a hint of cream or brown.

Sabino - Tough to describe in a few words these horses will have a mix of solid and white hairs. Usually they have high stockings and a wide blaze or bald face. They can have a patch of white hair on their belly or high stockings that connect. They are sometimes confused with pintos or roans.

Shod - This model is wearing horseshoes.

Shoulder Stripe - Darker stripes seen on the withers or shoulders. They are most commonly found on duns and grullas.

Silver Filigree - A metallic silver horse color. Dappled with white all over the body. The points will be white. A decorator color.

Silver Frost - A metallic silver horse color. The points will be blue. White or blue snowflakes will be on the body. A decorator color.

Socks - White markings found on the legs. They are lower than halfway up the cannon bone.

Sorrel - The term sorrel is not used on the Ponylagoon. Only some breed groups and riding disciplines recognize the term sorrel. For example the AQHA uses sorrel to describe many reddish or golden brown colored horses that would be considered chestnuts in some other breeds.

Stockings - White markings found on the legs. They are as low as halfway up the cannon bone or higher.

Sugar Plum - A metallic pink horse color. The points will be gold. White snowflakes will be on the body. A decorator color.

Tobiano - A pinto pattern. Tough to describe in a few words these pintos will usually have a solid head like that found on any non-pinto horse. They may have a star, a stripe, a blaze or no white at all on their head.

Tovero - A pinto pattern. Tough to describe in a few words these pintos will usually have a pinto patch on their head. They also usually have white legs and they have white that crosses over their spine.

Wedgewood - A horse color ranging from light blue to greyish blue. The points will be white. A decorator color.

Woodgrain - A horse color painted to appear as though the model is made of wood, with brown shades running throughout the model. They may have other features painted on such as eyes or stockings. A decorator color.

Common Abbreviations of the Model Horse World
APH - Appaloosa Performance Horse
AQH - American Quarter Horse
ASHF - Action Stock Horse Foal
BB - Black Beauty
BS - Black Stallion
CM - custom made
CWP - Cantering Welsh Pony
FAF - Family Arabian Foal
FAM - Family Arabian Mare
FAS - Family Arabian Stallion
FS - Fighting Stallion
IP - Indian Pony
JAH - Just About Horses, Breyer's magazine
LP - Lady Phase
LSQ - live show quality
MIB - mint in box
MOW - Man O'War
NIB - new in box
NIP - new in package
NRFB - never removed from box
OF - original finish (factory finish, not altered)
OOAK - one of a kind
PAF - Proud Arabian Foal
PAM - Proud Arabian Mare
PAS - Proud Arabian Stallion
POA - Pony of the Americas
PSQ - picture show quality
QHG - Quarter Horse Gelding
QHY - Quarter Horse Yearling
SHF - Stock Horse Foal
SHM - Stock Horse Mare
SHS - Stock Horse Stallion
SM - Stablemate
SR - Special Run (released in limited quantities and/or through specific sources only)
TB - Thoroughbred
TWH - Tennessee Walking Horse
WPH - Western Prancing Horse


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