APHA

RG-070. Color Requirements

A horse meeting bloodline requirements outlined in Rule RG-015. must have a definite “natural Paint marking”.

The term “natural Paint marking” shall mean a predominant hair coat color with at least one contrasting area of solid white hair of the required size with some underlying unpigmented skin present on the horse at the time of its birth. This solid white area must be in the prescribed zone depicted in the illustration below. In the event the horse has a predominantly white hair coat, the term “natural Paint marking” shall mean at least one contrasting area of the required size of colored hair with some underlying pigmented skin present on the horse at the time of its birth.

To qualify for the Regular Registry by coat markings, the white marking must:

  • Be 2″  or more in size of solid (unbroken) white hair
  • Have some underlying unpigmented skin
  • Be located in the qualifying area (see diagram—basically above the center of the knees or hocks, or behind an imaginary line from the base of the ear to the outside corner of the eye to the corner of the mouth and under the chin)

Non-qualifying areas include but are not limited to the following locations:

  • Eyeballs
  • Lips of vulva
  • Shaft of penis
  • Inner sheath not visible without physical manipulation of the area

Some solid horses might qualify for the Regular Registry based on DNA — see the rulebook for details (RG-070.E. and RG-070.F.).

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