What Color Pattern Is This Horse?

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A white horse with chestnut patches over its ears, chest, and flank lopes in a paddock. What is this Paint color pattern called?

What color pattern is this mostly white Paint Horse?

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ANSWER: It’s a “medicine hat,” a pattern where the horse is almost entirely white except for color over his ears and perhaps around his eyes, on the chest, and at the tail base.

Prized by Native American tribes of the Great Plains, the medicine hat coloration was thought by some to indicate a horse with supernatural powers. The color over the poll was considered a “war bonnet,” and any color on the chest and flanks was thought of as “shields.”

[FOR PAINTS and other breeds: recreational-riding award programs.]

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