Are you looking for a coloured horse for sale?

Read our terminology buster to identify the different types of coloured horses that CHAPS will recognise...

Are you looking for a coloured horse for sale?
A piebald or skewbald is a bay, roan or chestnut horse with a patch of naturally occurring white coat.
What is a ‘coloured’ horse or pony? There is sometimes a bit of confusion surrounding the
definition of a coloured horse so in simple terms ‘coloured’ refers to a horse or pony whose coat is either piebald or skewbald e.g. bay, roan, chestnut with a patch of naturally occurring white coat.
The white area must be on the body above the level of the stifle or elbow and excluding any face markings. Any white marking below this area is not regarded as a coloured horse according to the Coloured Horse and Pony Society (CHAPS).

If you are keen on showing your coloured horse or pony it is important to recognise the rules that CHAPS stand by when assessing a true coloured horse:

- Tobiano:  white with large spots or patches of colour often overlapping on horses with a greater amount of colour than white. 

- Overo: Spots of white appear to be jagged on the horse’s side or belly spreading towards the neck,tail, legs and back.  The colour which will be any other shade than white will appear to frame the white spots.  Overo’s often have a dark tail, mane and legs with white faces.
Horses manes and tails are also examined for true ‘coloured horse’ status. 
Manes and tails may be white or contain some white and Appaloosa’s with any belly markings do not qualify demonstrating just how strict the guidelines are.  If there is any doubt at all as to whether a horse can be classes as coloured, photographs showing all markings must be submitted to CHAPS (UK) and if further clarification is needed, a representative of CHAPS Council will be required to inspect the horse or pony at a mutually arranged location.  On occasion, DNA testing can be requested to verify the presence of the ‘colour’ gene.