Horses have their very own set of colors, unlike the colors for
any other animal.
Here are some examples of the Horse Colors in use on our carousel.
Tina and Arizona are Blonde Sorrels, which is a red/brown
horse with a blonde tail. Gene Autry's Champ was a Sorrel.
Rocky is our Red Sorrel, a red/brown horse with a matching tail.
Little Beauty, our only Bay, is a dark brown horse with a black tail
LoofFun and Chocolate are our two Chocolate Pintos, two-colored
horses with white as one color and a chocolate brown as the other.
Scout, Joker and their inner ring running mate are Strawberry Pintos,
a two-colored horse with a white and light-brown coat.
Cisco and his closest neighbor are Buckskins. They have a coat
that is the color of deer hide with a dark mane and tail.
Most wild horses of the Northwest are Palaminos, Bays and Buckskins.
Palaminos are golden or blonde colored horses with white tails and
manes (such as Roy Roger's Trigger.) Our only Palomino is named
Trigger (guess how he got his name!).
Greys with white tails and spots are Dapple Greys. Most of these
horses were draft horses. Early carousels loved dapples,
probably because they are easy to paint.
Our black armored horses were probably Freisians when our carousel was new.
Freisians were developed during the times of knights. They are short, stocky and all black.
They are of the rarest breeds today. Information on freisans is available at
The Friesian Horse Association of North America.
For now, our Freisians have been painted with socks (white feet), but perhaps
some day they'll be re-painted as Freisians once again.
(If you have an early photograph of our black horses showing their feet, we'd love to get a copy of it!)
The Lipizzan is the European breed of training and competition.
Looff loved George Washington's Lipizzan, so Chastity
and Earl were modeled after paintings of Washington's horse.
Whites with grey markings and/or spots are usually Arabians.
Traveler and other white horses were Arabians, which are known for their stamina.
Black Ponies with white socks and a blaze (a white marking on the face)
have remained favorites through the years. They're often used as characters
in childrens' stories, such as Black Beauty.
Our Amerecan Cremes are pictured here with
roached manes, or Trojan style.
These draft horses are white or creme colored all over.
Most of our horses are Cremes.