Foal Colors































The color of foals often look different than their adult color. The first shed of the foal coat will be darker than the eventual adult coat. Dark hair from the first shed will often appear as dark goggles around the eyes and other areas on the body. Foal coats will frequently fade in the sun more severely than adult coats and look very different than the actual color. Foals will often have primitive markings, mealy shading, and sooty shading they lose when they shed the foal coat. Face markings on foals will remain the same size as they grow so they will appear to be smaller when they are adults.

-Black foals are born either black or a greyish black color. The foal coat will often not look black but brown.

-Chestnut foals have white or light grey legs that will turn chestnut.

-Bay and buckskin foals will have greyish colored legs instead of the black legs they will have as adults. The will occasionally have tan colored hair highlights in the manes, tails, and lower legs that they lose as adults.

-Buckskin foals will often not have completely black manes and tails. They will occasionally have frosting in the manes and tails, sometimes it is kept as adult and sometimes not.

-Palomino foals are sometimes born pink or orange colored. They can also be born without the white mane and tail that eventually appers as they grow.


Chestnut foal coat. Wild foal, 2007, Picture by Amanda Geci.


Chestnut shedding the foal coat with dark patches of the foal shed showing through. Feral foal, 2010, Picture by Amanda Geci.


Chestnut shedding the foal coat showing the goggles of the first dark shed. Feral foal, 2007, Picture by Amanda Geci.


Buckskin winter foal coat. Sunrise Ocean Tides, 2016, Picture by Amanda Geci.


Sunfaded bay mare and foal. Wild mare and foal, 2007, Picture by Amanda Geci.


Solid black colt in sunfaded foal coat. Wild foal, 2007, Picture by Amanda Geci.


Palomino tobiano as a foal and as an adult. Tornado's Prince of Tides, Picture by Amanda Geci.


Palomino as a foal and as an adult. Misty's Sunfire, 2007 foal picture courtesy of Matt DesJardins, 2010 adult picture by Amanda Geci.


Chestnut with foal mealy. Wild foal, 2010, Picture by Amanda Geci.


Black splash with sunfaded winter foal coat. CLG Surfer's Blue Moon, 2016, Picture by Amanda Geci.


Buckskin with foal mealy. Colt out of Living Legend, 2007, Picture by Amanda Geci.


Black with sunfaded shedding foal coat. Chincoteague Island Major, 2014, Picture by Amanda Geci.


Chestnut foals with foal dorsal stripes. Misty's Red Dawn and a wild foal, 2011, Pictures by Amanda Geci.