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The first foal coat of a champagne is sometimes darker than the adult coat.  Some are born the color they will remain; still others vary from year to year.  The following pictures show the colors during age progression of a few horses of different champagne base colors.  You can see the various ways they can change from birth through adulthood.

Shown in chronological order, younger to older, left to right.

Gold (champagne on chestnut/sorrel): Zillertal Atom

Amber (champagne on bay): Pocos Blue Champagne

Another Amber: Champagne Ambassador, aka "Ricky"


Sable (champagne on seal brown): California Champagne, aka "Fred"

Classic (champagne on black) pinto: Champagne Leap of Faith


Classic Silver (champagne and silver on black) foal coat color: Platinum Stables Classic Thunder



All champagne foals are born with bright pink skin and blue eyes.  As they mature, the skin stays a shade of pink and develops freckles; the eyes turn "amber" (though they can range from the extremes of yellow-green to brown) over a few months to years.

Some foals of other colors also start out with pink skin and blue eyes;
this is where pedigree and patience are important.




Chestnuts can be born with pink skin and blue eyes, which turn dark in a few days to weeks. 

Left: champagne foal

Right: chestnut foal, eventually

Would one of the people who supplied us with pictures of pink-skinned, blue-eyed chestnut foals, please resend them, with the note "for the 'identification' web page".  Thank you!


amber champagne dun foal

3 day old champagne foal


Cream and dun newborns can be mistaken for champagne for only a few days to weeks:

Single cream dilutes- that is,  palominos, buckskins, brown buckskins, and smoky blacks - and the various kinds of duns are frequently born with pink skin and blue eyes, which turn dark in a few days to weeks. =>


<= Champagne skin stays pink and develops dark freckles, gradually; champagne eyes turn light brown over a much longer period of time.

3 palomino foals, above

buckskin foal

Here is the skin color progression typical of many Palomino foals:

Day 1: Day 3:     Day 15:

This is a PALOMINO filly named Armisticia, owned by Heather Batkin of New Zealand

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