Horse Leg Markings

Horse leg markings are unique to each individual horse. They may have markings on one, two, three or all legs. The markings can range from covering small areas to covering most of the leg. Markings can be perfectly even or jutting up and down or back and forth.

Whatever their formation, you can look a long time to find two horses with exactly the same leg markings!

Coronet
A white marking that extends up around the coronet band.


Pastern
A pastern begins with white marking wrapping around the leg, above the hoof, up the pastern, and not going above the fetlock.


Half Pastern
A white marking above the hoof that extends up halfway on the pastern.


Sock
A sock wraps around the leg from the top of the coronet to anywhere above the ankle to halfway up the cannon bone. A sock is also referred to as a half stocking.


Stocking
A sock that wraps around the leg from the top of the coronet extending up almost to the knee or hock.