Leg Markings – Chart for Registration

THIS SECTION IS PART OF THE RULES AND REGULATIONS , SECTION 6

With appreciation and thanks for permission to use from The Jockey Club

Whorls, Chestnuts/Night Eyes, Body Markings including brands, freeze brands, scars are shown on a separate webpage https://registry.usahr.org/markings-whorls/

HOOF COLORS are not required as part of the Registry Registration Application as the Leg Marking will determine the hoof color.
Dark hoof – black or dark in color; there will not be a (white) marking above a dark hoof.
Light hoof – white or light in color; there will be a (white) marking above a white hoof.
Parti-colored hoof – a hoof that shows white and dark areas in strips or larger areas; there will be a marking above the parti-colored section of the hoof.

THE REGISTRY STAFF ASSIGNS THE CORRECT LEG MARKINGS FROM THE PHOTOS. LISTED HERE IS THE CHART FOR DETERMINATION OF THOSE LEG MARKINGS.

HELPFUL HINTS IN DESCRIBING LEG MARKINGS:
Always check your horse’s legs in the same order: Right Front, Right Hind, Left Front, Left Hind.

REMEMBER, THE LEG MARKINGS ARE DETERMINED FROM THE PHOTOS SENT WITH THE REGISTRATION APPLICATION. The leg is divided into the main areas with the Description to include details. The Description is part of the official record of markings and is included on the back of the Certificate of Registration in the Markings section.

Examine each leg from all sides before determining what each major marking should be called. Each leg is divided into EIGHT (8) imaginary areas for the purpose of locating disconnected markings, deviations to major markings (lower, higher, etc.) and coat color spots on a white marking. These areas are identified as follows: Front, Back, Inside, Outside, Inside in Front, Inside in Back, Outside in Front, Outside in Back. When leg markings are determined remember these terms refer to the horse’s outside leg, the horse’s inside leg, etc.

Once each major marking has been identified, describe any deviations to that marking.
HIGHER – the marking extends up slightly in one area. Example: Inside Coronet Heel White, Outside Coronet Heel White
EXCEPT – the marking is interrupted or does not appear in one area. (Example: coronet white, except on outside).
SCATTERED OR PATCH WHITE HAIRS – can be found on any portion of the legs. The words “numerous,” “heavy” or “faint” can sometimes be used in describing scattered white hairs. Patch of white hairs can be large or small and is found on any portion of the legs, especially on the heels or coronet. The words “solid” or “mixed” can sometimes be used when describing a patch of white hairs.
DARK OR CHESTNUT SPOTS IN WHITE LEG MARKINGS – Sometimes coat color spots are present in the white marking. Usually they are found on a white coronet, however, they can occasionally be found in other parts of a marking. These spots should be described as to their color and location. If only one spot is present its exact location should be noted.

IRREGULAR LEG MARKINGS IS NOT USED
Example: If a white leg marking is too irregular to fall into one of the previously described classifications then a combination must be used to describe that marking. Thus, a description could be: a half pastern white, extending on ankle in back; dark spot on coronet on outside; or a description could be described as ankle white, higher in back; large triangular dark patch on coronet on outside, extending on pastern; dark spot on coronet in front; or yet described as pastern and part of ankle irregularly white, extending above ankle in back; line of white hairs on cannon on outside.

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ON THE REGISTRATION LEG AND HOOF MARKINGS APPLICATION – The Markings form will have each leg, right front, right hind, left front, left hind with each of these parts of the leg. The Registry determines which markings are correct from your photos.

Coronet, sometimes called Heel:
Description:
No White Markings
Dark or Chestnut Spots in White Marking
Few White Hairs
Outside Heel White
Coronet White
Coronet and Part of Pastern White – Use Pastern

Partial Coronet, sometimes called Heel:
Description:

No White Markings
Dark or Chestnut Spots in White Marking
Few White Hairs
Inside Heel White
Partial Coronet White
Partial Coronet and Part of Pastern White – Use Pastern

CORONET WHITE – The area immediately above the hoof (one inch or less in width) is white.
CORONET AND PART OF PASTERN WHITE – The white covers the coronet, extends up and includes part of the pastern.
INSIDE OR OUTSIDE – Only one of the coronet heels on a leg is white.

Pastern:
Description

Dark or Chestnut Spots in White Marking
Coronet and Part of Pastern White
Half Pastern White
Three-quarters Pastern White
Pastern White
Pastern and Part of Fetlock White – Use Fetlock

Pastern Upper:
Description:

Dark or Chestnut Spots in White Marking
Coronet and Part of Pastern White
Half Pastern White
Three-quarters Pastern White
Pastern White

HALF PASTERN WHITE – The white covers the lower one half of the pastern.
THREE-QUARTERS PASTERN WHITE – The white covers the lower three quarters of the pastern.
PASTERN WHITE – The white covers the entire pastern.
PASTERN AND PART OF ANKLE WHITE – The white extends up and includes part of the fetlock.

HALF FETLOCK WHITE – The white extends up and covers the lower one half of the fetlock.
FETLOCK WHITE -The white extends up to and includes the entire fetlock.
WHITE TO ABOVE FETLOCK – The white extends up to and includes the entire fetlock and a small portion (less than one quarter) of the cannon bone.

Fetlock:
Description
Dark or Chestnut Spots in White Marking
Fetlock White
Pastern and and Part of Fetlock White

Fetlock Upper:
Description

Dark or Chestnut Spots in White Marking
Fetlock Upper White

Partial Fetlock:
Description
Dark or Chestnut Spots in White Marking
Partial Fetlock

Sock: See Definition terms under Stocking
Description
Dark or Chestnut Spots in White Marking
Half Sock White
Sock White
White to Above Sock
Quarter White Sock
Half White Sock
Three quarters White Sock
Full Sock

Stocking:
Description
Dark or Chestnut Spots in White Marking
Quarter White Stocking
Half White Stocking
Three quarters White Stocking
Full Stocking

Full Stocking:
Description
Dark or Chestnut Spots in White Marking
High White Stocking

QUARTER WHITE STOCKING – The white extends up to and includes the lower one quarter of the cannon bone.
HALF STOCKING – The white extends up to and includes the lower one half of the cannon bone.
THREE-QUARTERS STOCKING – The white extends up to and includes the lower three quarters of the cannon bone.
FULL STOCKING – The white extends up to and includes the entire cannon bone. It extends to the bottom of the knee on the front leg and to the bottom of the hock on the hind leg. If any white extends onto or above the knee on the front leg or onto or above the hock on the hind leg it should be so described.

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