Head Markings – Chart for Registration

THIS SECTION IS PART OF THE RULES AND REGULATIONS, SECTION 5

Thanking their permission of use by the Jockey Club

BE AWARE IF THERE ARE NO MARKINGS ON THE HORSE, THEN WHORLS ARE REQUIRED WITH PHOTOS AND NIGHT EYES MAY BE REQUIRED WITH PHOTOS. GREY, ROAN AND WHITE HORSES MUST HAVE ADDITIONAL PHOTOS WHICH SHOW THE WHORLS. NIGHT EYES COULD BE REQUIRED.

If you do not know, or are aware of whorls, they are often called cowlicks. Click here Whorls, Night Eyes – CHART to Register a webpage on Whorls and Night Eyes.

THE SELECTION OF THE CORRECT MARKINGS FOR YOUR HORSE CREATES A LEGAL DESCRIPTION.

ON THE FOAL CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION APPLICATION THESE ARE THE OPTIONS:
There are no white markings = No White Markings
Whorls (required if no white markings on the horse, head or legs)
If the coat color is or will be grey, the underlying skin will be black and the white areas underlying skin will be pink.
Good, concise head markings are created using only the terms as outlined in this section.
Note the diagram shows continuous white and “broken” white in the descriptions. Selection is carefully determined by what best matches the photos sent with the Registration Application.

Strip is used by the Registry but Stripe is not used by the Registry in description of Head Markings. A Strip is not a Snip.
Patch is any separate marking found on the upper lip, lower lip or under lower lip. A patch can be solid white, flesh colored or mixed or be a close gathering of white hairs. As a general guideline, a patch of white hairs in the forehead is small enough that it can be covered by a person’s thumbnail.
Few White Hairs present, they should be noted as FAINT and their exact location described.
Scattered White Hairs are numerous white hairs which do not form any specific shape.

HEAD MARKINGS – ONLY ONE WILL BE SELECTED:
Faint star
Star
Snip = any disconnected marking found BETWEEN THE NOSTRILS. A snip can be solid white, flesh colored or bordered.
Star and Snip
Star, Strip and Snip
Star, Strip combined with lower Snip
Star, Strip and Snip into left nostril
Star, Strip, and Snip into right nostril
Star, Broken Strip, combined with Snip – example of a broken white marking

Star, Blaze, Snip over nostrils onto upper lip
Star, Blaze, Snip over nostrils onto lower lip
Star, Separated from Blaze, Snip over both nostrils into lower lip
Star, Blending into Blaze, Snip over both nostrils into lower lip

Wide Star blending into Blaze, continuous Snip into left nostril to lip – example of a continuous white marking
Wide Star blending into Blaze, continuous Snip into right nostril to lip – example of a continuous white marking

BALD FACE – The star and strip cover both eyes, white extends down to both nostrils and the muzzle

USED IN DESCRIPTION ON REGISTRATION APPLICATION HEAD MARKING by the Registry:
CONTINUOUS WHITE MARKING – White shows no breaks on the head marking – see diagram chart above
BROKEN WHITE MARKING – There are areas on the head marking where there is no white – see diagram chart above

THESE DESCRIPTIONS ARE NOT PART OF THE REQUIRED MARKINGS FOR THE REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE.
The following terms can be used when describing STARS and are for the breeder’s use. Photos will show what Star type is the head marking. Star definitions, as defined below, will not be shown in Records, Online Stud Book, or the Certificate of Registration.

Small Star – a star which measures less than one and one-half inches in diameter.
Large Star – a star which measures three inches or more in diameter.
Horizontal Star – usually narrow in shape and lies parallel to the imaginary line connecting the top of both eyes.
Vertical Star – A star whose general shape is “up and down.”
Oval Star – a rounded or egg-shaped star.
Heart Shaped Star – shaped like a heart.
Triangular Star – shaped like a triangle.
Irregular Star – this term should be used when the star does not conform to any specific shape.
Pointed Star – a star which contains two or more distinct points. — If a star contains only one distinct point), then the direction of the point should be noted (pointed to left, pointed to right, etc.).
Mixed Star – a mixture of white and coat color hairs in the shape of a star. Sometimes these stars can be difficult to distinguish, and in this case, should be described as a faint star.
Bordered Star – the outer edge of the star is a mixture of white and coat color hairs.
Curved Star Open to Left (Open to Right, Open to Top, Open to Bottom) – usually narrow and shaped like the letter “C” or a crescent moon.
Diamond Shaped Star – shaped like a diamond.
Diagonal Star Pointed to Left (Pointed to Right) – usually narrow in shape, the top of which points toward the horse’s left or right ear. The direction of the upper point should always be noted.

Be sure to read the definitions here of how a Stripe is defined. This is for the Breeders Use.

STRIPE – a continuous vertical marking which can begin anywhere from the area between the eyes to just above the imaginary horizontal line connecting the top of the nostrils. Interchangeable with STRIP. Remember the Registry does NOT use Stripe but uses STRIP.
The following terms can be used when describing STRIPES:
Thin Stripe/Narrow Stripe – about a half inch in width. If the stripe is very thin it should be described as a Line of White Hairs.
Wide Stripe/Broad Stripe – about two or three inches in width.
Mixed Stripe – contains a mixture of white and coat color hairs. Can be narrow, wide, etc.
Bordered Stripe – the outer edge of the stripe is a mixture of white and coat color hairs. Can be narrow, wide, etc.
Bordered Flesh Colored Stripe– the outer edge of the stripe contains solid white or mixed white hairs, while the center of the stripe is pink in color. Can be narrow, wide, etc.
Broken Stripe – The stripe is disconnected from itself at one or more points.
Tapering Stripe – a stripe which narrows continuously and ends in a point.
Irregular Stripe – a stripe whose width, direction and course vary.

Does this answer your questions? If not, please contact the Registry office for assistance.

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