Arabian. Rescued by TIER rescue
are rare markings that occur in some fleabitten
gray horses. A fleabitten gray is a rare recessive form of
gray that causes flecks of the horse's base color to appear in
the horse's coat as it ages. All grays get lighter as they age,
but fleabittens begin to get flecks of color that return to the
body. When these 'fleabites' appear in one area, they may create
a patch known as a Bloodmark.
chestnut based grays will have red markings, hence the name 'blood
mark'. Black based horses will have black bloodmarks.
be assumed that palomino and buckskin based fleabitten horses
would have yellow colored markings, but as these are extremely
rare I have not been able to find any photos or instances of bloodmarks
on these horses. If you have any information, please email me.
here to read the Legends and Lore
associated with Bloodmarks...
More photos of Gabriel.
Isena, a Peruvian Paso mare. Thanks to Leila for the photo.
Naibara Park Desire, Arabian
Desire was bred by Colleen
and Doug Rutherford, Australia.
Arabian stallion, photos show his bloodmarks progression - as
a foal, a young graying horse, and finally turned gray...
was born Chestnut but as you can see the bloodstain was showing
through when he was just three months old. As he lightened the
bloodstain became more obvious. We were concerned that the marking
would go against him in the showring, but that so far has not
to be. As a colt he took the major ribbon at all the highest acclaimed
shows throughout Australia."
Symbolik as a foal
Symbolik as a yearling
an Arabian mare with
bloodmarks, thanks to Larry Levrets, photo by TUHS.
Bloodmark on an Australian
Waler stallion, Billjim. Thanks to Peter, who says the stallions
offspring also often exhibit bloodmarks, or white spots.
Mare with bloodmark face,
photo credit unknown, sent in by Kerri.
an English Riding Pony, sent in by Fiona, with a bloodstain on
Disco Donut showingdark bloodmarks.
Northern Pleasure, aka "Cally", a registered half arabian
with a bloodmark on her shoulder thar resembles a "screaming
face". Photos by Heather.
Photo of Holly, Arabian
Thank you Diana for allowing us to use the photo.
"The roan patch on her shoulder has faded now that she
is in her 30s but the spots on her neck and jaw are as bright
as ever. These spots are solid with no white hairs in them"
Black & White photo of Pink Floyd, breed unknown, by Vicki
Lord Oxford's Bloody-Shouldered
Arabian, painted by John Wootton in 1724
Edward Lord Harley, said
of the horse by the age of six the marking was "now much
wore out, but when I bought him was as red as blood." Generally
bloodmarks should increase with age.
A horse with small bloodmarks over the withers. Photograph credits
unknown; believed to be a Quarter Horse. Please email
me if you have information.