This spectacular book, by Ursula Schmidt-Basler, is unfortunately available only in German (but available through the US Amazon site, just click above!) Still, it is a must-have for anyone who loves unusual horse colors. It is the most comprehensive study of horse color I have ever seen, with a unique world-wide focus. Nearly every page features photos of interesting breeds and markings, which makes it a great read even if you only know a little bit of German.
Just take a look some of the topics she covers:
-Pinto and Leopard markings among the horses of Asia and the former Soviet Republics, including Mongolian, Altai, Lokai, and Tibetan horses.
-Colorful Oriental horses and their influence on the Thoroughbred, with a detailed look at the lineages of Arabians that had colorful markings (see below)
-Colorful horses in Europe, from the Pottock to the Tinker to the Knabstrupper and more
-Three full sections detailing pinto and leopard markings in Germany, going back to the 1700s
-A detailed look at colorful breeds bred in modern Germany, Poland and Hungary, including the Huzul and Noriker
-The colors and color breeds of the US and Latin America...
And that's just the first part of the book. The second part is devoted to details of color genetics, and an discussion of unusual markings like Bird Catcher Spots and Ink Spots and Brindle.
As an example, in her long section about the Arabian, the author talks about an interesting horse called Mesaoud, who was "a bright chestnut with four socks and a blaze, a white spot under the chin and a belly spot" (p. 43, all translations my own). She says "Mesaoud was one of the most influential stallions of all time, and his line played a great role in American breeding, where full Arabs with white markings are sought after." (p. 43) She points out a very interesting Argentine mare (photo on page 47 shows a fantastically marked Arabian - a brown base coat with an neck-to-rump blanket type marking and a splattering of odd shaped brown speckles and spots across the white area) and says:
In sum, a wonderful book, and even if you only have a little German under your belt, if you are obsessed with unusual horse colors I would highly recommend it!