Prepared from information supplied by the National Buckskin Society
The National Buckskin Society was formed in Victoria in 1975 to cater for the once unfashionable buckskin and dun coloured horse. Today these horses are very popular and are highly sought after in many breeds.
Buckskin horses come in a variety of shades that vary from a very light cream to a deep gold colour and a darker, smutty gold. The horses have dark points and a black or brown coloured mane. Genetically a buckskin is referred to as a 'dilute' colour. It carries a cream gene that lightens the colour of a bay horse, making it buckskin.
Dun coloured horses are also a 'dilute' colour. These horses can be any colour but carry the dun dilution gene that lightens the body colour. They also carry dun factors including dorsal stripe, leg barring, shoulder shadow and ear piping.
The National Buckskin Society has three sections within its registry. Section A is for buckskin and dun horses and ponies.
Section B is for cremello, perlino, smoky black and smoky cream coloured horses and ponies. The cremello and perlino horses carry two copies of the cream gene. The smokey black horse carries one copy of the cream gene but lacks the Agouti gene, which controls the distribution of black pigment.
Section C is for buckskin and dun horses that also carry another gene, for example broken coloured, Appaloosa or roan.
The registry is open to any breed, type, height, age and sex of horse.
The National Buckskin Society is affiliated with its counterparts in New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania, which combined to form the Australian Buckskin Association.