White markings can fancy-up just about any color.
By Andrea Caudill | August 2, 2009
The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal
Imagine white markings as the frosting on a really good cake. They don't affect the basic makeup of a horse, but they top it and make it irresistible. A horse with lots of white markings -- termed "chrome" -- is flashy.
Head 'Em Up
There are a number of variations on facial white. A star is a small patch of white on the horse's forehead. A strip is a narrow path of white running down the face, while a blaze is much wider. A snip is a white marking between the two nostrils. A horse with a bald face has extensive white across its head, much wider than a blaze. It can extend out past the eyes and around the nostrils. A horse can also have a combination of these markings, such as a star and strip or star, strip and snip. If a horse just has a few white hairs on its head, this can be noted as well.
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The smallest amount of leg white a horse can carry is called a coronet. This is a narrow marking that circles the coronet of the hoof. Add a tad more white, and you have a half pastern, which crawls halfway up to the horse's fetlock (or ankle). All the way to the fetlock, you have a pastern, which if it makes it over the fetlock and halfway up the cannon bone is termed a sock. A high white mark on a leg -- extending to the knee or hock and beyond -- is a stocking.
Stewards for Trails, Education and Partnerships
Stewards for Trails, Education and Partnerships, a new program developed by AQHA, was formed to encourage good stewardship and conservation of riding trails. With STEP, AQHA hopes to provide an opportunity for increased equestrian activity across the board but especially in restoring and creating new riding trails. Our partners at Tractor Supply Co. understand the importance of preserving the outdoors. This project will allow for a special connection between Tractor Supply Co., AQHA and our valued members.
What does this program do?
- Helps land managers recruit volunteers for trail stewardship.
- Educates equestrians to be effective advocates for trail stewardship in the horse community.
- Accomplishes maintenance goals for trails and trailheads with land management.
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- Improves stewardship of land owned by horsemen that are adjacent to or critical to national land.
- Builds and/or strengthens relationships between local equestrian communities and land managers for the long-term stewardship of trails, trailheads and campgrounds.