What Is A Smoky Black Horse And What Do They Look Like?

Last Updated on February 28, 2022 by Allison Price

What is a Smoky Black Horse?

A smoky-black horse is one with a particular hair color. It could visually be black or dark brown. A smoky-black horse’s color is determined by its genes because of the similarities.

Smoky black is a result of a single dominant gene containing the cream dilution genes. This results in a “diluted base fur”. It becomes lighter in color if the horse is smoky.

This creme gene places the smoky-black as a member the cream family, despite its similarity to brown and black. Other color dilutions of this family include palomino and buckskin, perlino and cremello.

This article will explain the genetics and telltale signs that a smoky, black horse is.

What does a Smoky Black Horse look like?

The color of the horse’s coat will determine its appearance.

The subtle effects of the cream dilution gene make any horse that looks dull and black look smoky.

It could have a darker coat or something in the middle. Smoky black horses can also have amber, golden, and light brown eyes. A smoky-black horse’s eye color is more important.

Smoky Black Horse

Why? Why? It is difficult to distinguish the two due to their similar fur.

A smoky color could also be confused with other colors, such as dark bay, seal browns, liver chestnuts, champagne, and even grullo. Particularly if the horse’s fur has faded.

Many breeds are smoky-black. Certain breeds, such as Arabs, Haflingers and many draught horses, do not have the cream dilution genes. A horse from this breed would not be a smoky dark.

How do you get a Smoky Black Horse?

You need to be familiar with basic horse color genetics in order to understand how to get a smoky-black horse.

Three genes are known to influence the color of horse coats. The first two are the Agouti locus and the Extension locus. The base coats are black, brown, and bay.

The E-locus controls the expression of red and black pigments. A double recessive E-allele results in red or chestnut. A black horse or a bay horse will be born from any single or double E dominant gene.

The A-locus is responsible for the suppression of black genes. It affects both black and bay colors. Two copies of the recessive A-allele will result in a black horse. Any dominant A-allele will result in a brown or bay horse.

A black horse, for example, would have at most one dominant E gene as well as two recessive E genes. The chestnut horse would have at least one dominant E gene and two recessive A-alleles. The agouti gene is not present in a chestnut horse.

The addition of the cream-dilution gene results in a lighter coat. A pure black horse might have two recessive copies the cream gene. You can make a smoky-black horse by adding one dominant cream dilution genes. To make a double-dilution gene, add one. This will give you a smokey cream pony.

A smokey black foal is basically a black dilute foal. It is obtained by breeding horses that have at least one dominant E genetic, two recessive A-alleles and a horse with at least one cream coat gene.

What Are the Best Colors for a Smoky Black Horse?

Smoky horses only have one creme gene, and no dominant agouti genetics. Smoky black horses can be bred with any color combination. This breeding is possible only if the right gene combinations are available.

The extension gene must be heterozygous dominant. To produce a dark-colored foal, you will need at least one black or bay parent horse.

You cannot also have a horse with dominant homozygous agouti genes. Any dominant A-alleles will produce a bay or brown horse, but not a black horse.

You could, for example, breed a liver chestnuts horse with a bay or black horse to get the dominant E-allele.

Two recessive genes are found in liver chestnut horses, which is a plus. They could create a smoky-black horse with this combination of genes.

Contrary to popular belief, red chestnut horses that have two dominant agouti gene combinations won’t produce smokey-black foals. It doesn’t matter what combination of genes you have, there will always be one dominant A-allele.

What is the cost of these products?

Some horse associations didn’t recognize cream colors in the past. The American Quarter Horse Association, for example, didn’t allow cream variations to be registered as purebred.

These ideas, however, have changed significantly since the 2000s.

This means that even though smoky brown and smoky crème coat colors are less popular, they won’t impact the price.

Breed (e.g., AppaloosaArabianLusitano, etc. Costs are influenced more by age, health, training, or age.

A smoky, black horse can be expensive from just a few hundred dollars up to thousands.

Competition breeders who buy horses from past winners of competition with strong bloodlines will typically pay upwards to $10,000. Non-breeders and racehorse/showhorse owners are unlikely to pay this price.

The average price for a casual horse owner is between $2000 and $6,000 depending on what type of horse you require (e.g., ranch horses or riding horses).

You should always check the horse’s health before you buy a horse.

What do Black Horses Signify?

In many cultures, and in modern dream research, black horses are associated with various symbols.

Black is often associated with death, for example. A black horse is also associated with death.

This link is evident in the Christian Bible and Celtic tradition as well as Native American totemism.

The Bible lists four horsemen of apocalypse. Each one is a different color. The one of the famine is the black horse.

According to Celtic tradition, the black horse was believed to symbolize death and dark forces. It symbolized maturity and the ability to deal with life’s challenges.

The black horse symbolizes death-seeking and death defying in totemism. It is a symbol of death and defiance, but it can help you to let go of unnecessary things and find new opportunities.

A black horse is a symbol of many things in modern dream theory. The black horse is believed to symbolize mystery, intrigue and independence as well as sexual allure and a strong sense self.

The meaning of the black horse can vary depending on whether it is a mare or a stallion, and what its actions are. Whatever your beliefs, the black horse’s symbolism is powerful and captivating.

Smoky Black VS Black Horse

Because of two homozygous recessive gene mutations, a pure-black horse can be considered rarer.

The two colors can appear identical. However, a dark-colored horse may have a darker coat than a black horse.

A smoky, black horse may also have amber, golden, or light brown eyes. Black horses, on the other hand, tend to have dark brown eyes.

Horses can produce similar colors even when used for breeding. A black horse and a dark horse can produce black, palomino and chestnut. If it is bred with a horse that has a creme gene, it may also have a bay and buckskin.

Only the difference is that double creme dilute foals are possible. Because of their single-copy gene for creme dilute, smokey black horses are more likely. A black horse, however, has none.

A black horse, on the other hand would be more likely breed pure-black horses with a greater variety of mates.

Both horses are amazing, and their only difference is in their genes.


Smoky black is simply the color of a horse’s coat. It is determined by the horse’s genetics. Once you understand the basics of color genetics, it is easy to see how the color manifests. These are just different gene combinations of red and black, and dilution.

Most colors are variations or dilutions from the three base colors black, chestnut and bay. A smoky horse simply means a diluted version of a black horse.

Horses can have their fur faded by the weather, or even bleached by the sun. It can be more difficult to determine the horse’s genes because of their dull coats.

You can quickly determine the color combination of your horse’s beloved horse with genetic testing.

Whatever the reason, you now have a better understanding of how to determine your horse’s correct genetic color.

Allison Price
Allison Price

I’m Allison, born and raised in San Diego California, the earliest memory I have with horses was at my grandfather’s farm. I used to sit at the stable as a kid and hang out with my Papa while he was training the horses. When I was invited to watch a horse riding competition, I got so fascinated with riding!