Horse face markings are as varied as the animals who wear them.
Each horses markings are wholly unique to them, but most fall under several broad categories. Each category has a definition, which is looked at as more of a guideline than a hard and fast rule.
A bald face doesn’t mean an absence of hair, it simply means the white marking on their face extends to the eyes or past. This is generally found in paints and pintos, (and often there is at least one blue eye involved), however almost any color horse can exhibit large facial markings.
Probably the most common face marking, the blaze is found on horses of every breed and color. It is a broad white stripe down the middle of a horses face, generally starting at the forehead and running all the way to the nose, or mouth.
The snip is a small white marking between a horses nostrils, it can be any shape and ranges in size from a small dot to a larger blotch. This marking is often seen in conjunction with other facial markings like a star or a faint.
Perhaps the favorite face marking, stars are found in all sizes on the foreheads of horses everywhere. A number of different terms have popped up for markings in this location, if it’s between the eyes and more than just a spot of white, it is a star.
Strip / Stripe / Race
This marking can be broken down into three categories, but in the name of simplicity it’s really just a broad category. A stripe is similar to a blaze in that it runs down the center of the face, but it is much thinner – almost a line.
A faint is located on the forehead between the eyes and in many case is almost too small to see. It can range from a few white hairs to a small white spot (and can easily be hidden by unruly forelocks.
Now we are getting into sub-categories which I try to avoid, however this is a valid category simply because there is so many horses out there with odd bits of white on their face. Essentially an interrupted stripe or blaze is one that doesn’t finish, or that has a break in it somewhere.