Buckskin or Dun?

Ever wondered what the difference was between a buckskin or a dun? Try not to get motion sickness while I run around the arena giving you a quick rundown of how to tell.




  1. Aundy on October 13, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    It was my understanding that a Dun couldn’t be a dun without the dorsal stripe, correct? But could still be a dun even if he/she doesn’t exhibit ALL of the Dun factor markings (for example, has a dorsal stripe but no stripes) Am I still right?

    So what if a buckskin (horse that has no dorsal stripe) has, for example, frosting in the mane and tail but no other dun factor markings. Is she still a buckskin? or does the presence of any one of the Dun factors rule her out of the buckskin category?

  2. Janet on October 10, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I’m not sure but I do think that the different traits in do have an effect, such as mental additude and willingness and brain power is different in all, such as the mind of the walker verses the mind of a quater horse the maturity differents between each animal and the dun trait is very different then from that of the any that does not carry that trait. Or maybe I’m wrong not sure. But it will give me something to reasearch.

  3. stonepony1s on October 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    You did not talke about the Grula verson of dun. Maybe you could comment on that.

    • Stacy on October 11, 2011 at 9:52 am

      I love that color. I will have to find one to video and talk about.

  4. Nikki on October 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    🙂 thank you Stacy!!! Two very pretty horses!!!!

  5. charyl murray on October 10, 2011 at 11:33 am

    the young guy is the dun and the older one is a buckskin. love the the big D gene! the easiest way to tell is the striping on his back. the webbing, frosting and striping is all characteristic of the dun factor. The buckskin is gorgeous too though! Just love the creamy colored, and the black points.

  6. Janet on October 10, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I would like to know the mental difference between the two trait’s and the different additudes beween the two.

    • stonepony1s on October 10, 2011 at 4:45 pm

      I believe that the body color has little or nothing to do with the mental atitude or disposiotion of a horse. I believe it is the bloodline and the training/ experiences with people that make all the difference in attitude.

    • Stacy on October 11, 2011 at 9:59 am

      I am of the opinion that each horse is an individual. The color has no direct connection to the way they think (as in ALL buckskins are like____, or ALL duns are ____) Where there is a connection is in the attitudes of the parents and the way the horses are handled.
      Color breeds (paints, buckskins, etc) have a bigger challenge because they are breeding for something more specific than non color breeds. For example if you were looking for the best jumping horse around you would naturally look for horses that jumped well, parents that jumped well, etc. That would be a challenge but then if you say it has to be a paint that can do that you automatically remove a large portion of the population that you could have been choosing from.

  7. Terri Anderson on October 10, 2011 at 10:13 am

    They are both gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Jan DeVos on October 10, 2011 at 8:59 am

    So, I have what I call a Buttermilk Dunskin …. white body, black points, zebra striping on her legs, dorsal stripe – she’s really quite unique! I can send you a video or picture of her – her dun markings are weird in that her dorsal stripe is darker in the winter and faded in the summer and her leg stripes are bolder in the winter. but as she gets older – she’s 8 now – her dun markings are more pronounced. This was an interesting video Stacey! Thanks!

    • Stacy on October 11, 2011 at 10:00 am

      Send it! I love those odd colors, very unique.

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