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August 28, 2022 5 min read
Buckskins are a beautiful and unique color of horse. They are usually golden in color with black mane and tails with a dorsal stripe on the back of the horse. Buckskins got their name from the buckskin clothing that was popular among early American settlers and Native Americans. The first buckskins were probably Spanish horses brought over by the conquistadors in the 1500s. These horses were then bred with other European breeds, such as Andalusians, Barbs, and wild horses such as Mustangs. Here are 21 interesting buckskin horse facts that you might find interesting:
It is safe to say that Buckskin horses have been around for a very long time. Their origins can be linked back to the Sorraia horse breed all the way back to the 1500s.
Only some breeds have the buckskin color in them, including: Welsh Ponies, Cobs, the Tennessee Walking Horse, the Peruvian Paso, the Morgan, the spanish Mustang, Lusitano horse, the Andalusian, and the American Quarter horse.
The distinct coat and body color of true buckskins can be recognized instantly. It is actually a result of a dilution gene. Bay horses have a black base color on their coat. The agouti gene present in bay horses is responsible for directing the black color to certain points on their coat. The dilution genes that can be found in Buckskin horses actually dilute the dark color of their coat, making the dark points created by aguouti gene more visible. Hence, the unique pattern and color that makes the Buckskin so unique. The lower legs are darker too.
Photo: buckskin horse stock photos
It is a registry for buckskin horses as well as grulla and dun horses. However, stock-type horses tend to form a considerable portion of the registry.
The lightest color that you will find on a Buckskin horse is Buttermilk. Other different buckskin coloring include sooty buckskins, silver buckskins, brown buckskin.
The single dilution gene prevents buckskins from having blue eyes. The reasoning behind this fact is that when you mate two horses that have the single dilution gene, they will produce a foal that is double diluted and hence not a buckskin.
Primitive markings such as leg barring and dorsal stripes are not found in buckskin horses and are usually exhibited by dun horses. However, it is not always the case, as there have been exceptions.
Buckskin Horses have appeared in a lot of movies and TV shows. Some famous examples include:
Buckskin horses are not rare at all. This color might even be considered the most common among most horse breeds.
Buckskin horses are not technically a breed, but a color.
Regardless of the breed, a buckskin horse typically range between 13hh-16hh, meaning that they tend to be a smaller horse.
Photo: buckskin pony
Buckskin horses have a copy of the crème gene. Buckskin horses are bay horses that have the cream gene, which is responsible for lightening the color of the horses. On the other hand, if a bay horse has two copies of the cream gene, it would be a perlino.
In northern Europe (scandinavia), buckskins are not as popular in english disciplines such as Showjumping and dressage. They are viewed as a 'western breed' and not fancy enough for showing.
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Today, buckskins are used for a variety of purposes, including pleasure riding, show jumping, dressage, racing, and even working cattle. They are also popular as parade horses and trail riding horses.
In 2015 - the Akhal teke breed went viral on youtube and facebook as 'The most beautiful horse in the world'. This is because of their shiny coat, elegant small framed body and fairytale like appearance. Everyone's horse taste is obviously different, but many horse enthusiast fell in love with the buckskin color after these viral photos and videos.
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The reason behind this is that during the Middle Ages, the Spanish were fascinated with breeding golden horses and tried to breed as many of them as possible. The Colonial Era only led to more bloodlines appearing as the Spanish were introduced to the beauty of different colors that the New World brought.
A buckskin horse has black points on its legs, ears, tail, and mane. Even though the exact shade of the color tends to vary, you can expect a cream color. Some buckskin horses have a light cream color, whereas others have a dark tan.
Photo: western buckskins
The American quarter horse gelding lived until the age of 30 and even appeared in The Roy Rogers Show.
It is standard for buckskin horses to have dark eyes, which is also the case for palomino horses.
The movie Spirit features an animated Buckskin horse.
21) Western TV
Television Westerns have portrayed buckskin horses for a long time, such as the Trampas' horse shown on the Virginian and Ben Cartwright's horse, which appeared in Bonanza. Other films to feature buckskin horses include The Man from Snowy River and Dances with the Wolves.
That’s the top 21 facts about this beautiful horse. If you are a horse lover and love the color buckskin, please let us know in the comment section below. We would love to hear from you!
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