When most people think of a black and white farm animal, the cow tends to pop into their minds. However, the slightly comical look of a black and white horse does not negate its beauty.
Several different kinds of black and white coat patterns take place in the horse world.
Piebald horses are painted horses with black and white splotches.
Horses with any color other than black are called skewbald. Pintos have a mixture of white and colored areas on their bodies. Pinto is a Spanish word meaning painted.
Painted horses are divided into two categories. Tobianos, the most common, have white splotches across their backs which extend downward along the rest of the body. On overos, the opposite is true; the white extends from the belly and legs upward toward the back, but does not actually cross the back.
Overos also are known for having a “War Bonnet,” or white face.
Another popular horse known for being black and white is the Appaloosa. Appaloosa is a color breed, meaning any horse, regardless of breed, can be considered an Appaloosa as long as it fits the required color pattern.
Appaloosas are divided into three color patterns:
Leopard – a white horse with dark spots all over his body.
Snowflake – a dark horse with tiny white spots.
Blanket – the most well-known Appaloosa pattern, which usually consists of a white blanket with dark spots on the rump.
The breeding of these colored horses is meticulous since certain colors and patterns are highly desirous. Stallions, which have a 95 percent rate of passing their color pattern on to their foals, can fetch a pretty penny to sire.
While breeding horses to attain a desired pattern is no guarantee, it does enhance the chances of getting a striking black and white pattern.
Many people devote themselves to these black and white horses; they appreciate the boldness of their black and white color, which is marvelously unique.