Both amber champagnes and
buckskins can have pink skin at birth. However, a buckskin's
skin begins to change to grey or black within a few days to a
week. The champagne's skin will remain pink and later develop
mottling - a few dark speckles. The real giveaway at this
stage is the eyecolor. While buckskins can have grey or navy
eyes, a champagne's eyes will be bright sky blue. Also,
buckskins tend to be born lighter and amber champagnes tend to
be born looking more like bays.
The first way to
distinguish between an amber champagne (left) and a buckskin
(right) is to look at their skin and eye color. The champagne
has pink skin with dark mottling. Buckskins will have dark
skin, and occasionally that dark skin may have pink mottling.
Another way to distinguish
between an amber champagne (left) and a buckskin (right) is to
look the expression of the black pigment, in the case of
bay-based horses such as amber champagne and buckskins, black
pigment is limited to the points. Notice that the amber
champagne's points are chocolate colored, while the points of
the buckskin are black.