Australia Appaloosa Association

Mottled Skin

examples of mottled skin

Photo A - This is a perfect example of true mottled skin. It shows definite pigmented areas. The contrast is good, and there is clear definition between the light and dark skin.

Photo B - Owners will often send in photos of the inside of the lip. Many horse breeds will have variations in pigment on the inside of the lip. Mottled skin must be visible in the photograph, with the mouth closed.

Photo C - Pigmented skin, even if it is present in round 'spots' inside a blaze or a snip, is not considered mottled skin. Many breeds of horses will have these markings.

Photo D - The speckled pattern present on this horses tail head is not mottled skin. The presence of pigment in the light area classifies this a pumpkin skin.