Everything you wanted to know about the Buckskin

These are the different colors recognized by the IBHA

BUCKSKIN: A true colored buckskin should be the color of tanned deerhide with black points. Shades may vary from yellow to dark gold. Points (mane, tail, legs) can be dark brown or black. Buckskin is clean of any smuttiness. Guard hairs which are buckskin colored grow through the body coat up over the base of the mane and tail.

DUN: Dun is an intense color with a hide that has an abundance of pigment in the hairs. The dun color is a duller shade than buckskin and may have a smutty appearance. Most dun horses have dark points of brown or black. Dun horses sport the "dun factor" points which include dorsal and shoulder stripes, leg barring, etc.

GRULLA: Grulla is also an intense color. The body color can be mouse, blue, dove or slate colored, with dark sepia to black points. Grulla (pronounced grew-yah) has no white hairs mixed in the body hairs. Grulla horses have the dorsal and shoulder stripes, and leg barring.

RED DUN: The Red Dun will vary in shades of red, in the range of peach to copper to rich red. In all shades, the accompanying points well be darker red or chestnut and be in contrast to a lighter body color. Red Dun must have a definite dorsal stripe to be eligible. The dorsal stripe will usually be dark red and predominant. Leg barring and shoulder stripes are common. Horses with faint dorsal stripes that do not appear on photos may be denied registration.

BRINDLE DUN: A different and unique body coloration with stripes appearing over the barrel of the body and most, if not all, the dun factor characteristics. Brindle Duns show up in the Netherlands and they are referred to as an ancient dun color. The peculiar body markings can appear in the form of tear drops or zebra stripes.


NOTE: Any horses having Albino, Appaloosa, Paint, or Pinto characteristics are not eligible for registration. Mature horses must be a minimum of 14 hands.

WHITE MARKINGS AND CONFORMATION: White markings on the face and lower leg are acceptable. Blue eyes are permissible providing the body color and conformation is acceptable. The horse should be a good representative of its breed-conformation varies from the Arabian type to the Quarter Horse type. Horses showing draft characteristics or undesirable inherent qualities would not be accepted for registration.


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