Base coat colours
Coat colour dilutions
Genetic disorder tests
Silver coat colours include the eye-catching black silver and bay silver. Black silver horses have a dark grey body, often with dapples, and a shiny white or cream mane and tail. Bay silver horses have red bodies, with dark silver points and pale manes and tails (see illustration).
The silver gene alters the distribution of black pigment but does not affect red. This means that the effect of the silver gene is not visible on chestnut horses or other colours that have no black, such as palomino.
Silver foals are striking: they are born with pale coats, stripy hooves, and white eyelashes. Read more about silver horses or ask questions here.