In the United States, the UK, and most of Europe, there were around thirty different colors of pony hair over the years, as well as special color-changing hair for the Watercolor Baby Sea Ponies. Metallic tinsel and strands of iridescent plastic were also used in pony hair. Scroll down for pictures and information on the different hair colors and types. Note that this chart does not currently include pony hair from Greece, Argentina, Brazil, and other non-European countries where hair colors varied. Check back for updates in the future.
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The most common shade of red, this color was used in many ponies' hair from Year 3 through Year 8 in the US. It is a bright, vibrant color, with a very slight magenta tint to it.
Dark Red was used for only one US pony, Merry Treat, in Year 8, and one special-offer pony, the Christmas Baby Pony. It is the deepest, most truly red shade of red pony hair; it does not appear pinkish, purplish, or orangish like the other three shades of red.
US Ponies with Dark Red stripes in their hair: Merry Treat
Wine-Red is a deep and slightly purple-tinted red color. It was the first shade of red to be used in pony hair, but after its first appearance in Year 2, it was never used again.
This dark, orange-tinted red was used sparsely from Year 4 through Year 9 in the US, mostly in Twinkle-Eyed and other bright-colored ponies. It was almost never used on ponies with only one color in their hair.
Orange was one of the last colors introduced for use in pony hair; it was used only in Year 8 and Year 9, and it was never used as the sole color in any US pony's hair. It is a bright, vibrant orange color.
Pink was one of the first pony hair colors introduced; it appeared in Year 1, and was used consistently through Year 7. It is a darker, more vibrant, and slightly more magenta-pink than Light Pink, and unlike Light Pink it does not easily fade in bleach or sunlight.
Light Pink was one of the most frequently used pony hair colors from Year 3 through Year 9. It is a light, slightly peach-tinted pink color. Unlike any other color of pony hair, light pink hair fades extremely easily when exposed to sunlight, fluorescent light, chlorine, etc.: many ponies who were printed with light pink hair appear, after several years, to have white or pale yellow hair if not properly cared for.
This color of pink was used only for a few European exclusive ponies; it was never used for any ponies sold in the US. In shade it is very similar to Light Pink, but has a different texture, heavier, smoother, and generally very straight, and although long exposure to light will cause it to fade somewhat, it does not have the tendency of Light Pink hair to bleach completely to white.
US Ponies with Soft Pink hair: (none -- UK list coming soon)
Dark Pink was one of the most common colors of pony hair. Numerous ponies were printed with this hair color from Year 2 all the way through Year 10. It is the darkest shade of pink, slightly mauve, and could appear almost red on some ponies.
Aqua is very similar to Blue, and the two are easily confused; Aqua is slightly more green-tinted, but otherwise the two colors are almost the same shade. Both were frequently used on ponies with pink bodies. Aqua hair was used from Year 3 through Year 9, though less frequently than Blue.
Green is one of the most vibrant colors of pony hair; it is a very bright, lime-tinted green color. It was used from Year 4 through Year 8, not frequently, but more than either of the other shades of green.
Golden Yellow was the first yellow color to appear in pony hair. It is slightly more orange than any of the other yellows, but the difference is subtle and can be difficult to discern, especially in poor lighting. Golden Yellow appeared in Year 2 and was used occasionally in later years, up to Year 9.
Yellow pony hair is a bright, vibrant color, richer than either Light Yellow or Golden Yellow, yet it can be hard to distinguish from both of these colors. It was introduced in Year 4 and used through Year 10 in the US.
Metallic Tinsel came in numerous different colors; some ponies had only one color of tinsel in their hair, while others had as many as three. Metallic Tinsel was originally introduced in the Year 5 Princess Pony set. It was used again for the Year 6 Princess Ponies, and was then used in various pony sets through Year 10, though in later years it was often included only in ponies' manes and not in their tails. Metallic Tinsel is easily stretched or crimped out of shape by rough brushing, and it can fade when exposed to direct light for long periods.
Iridescent Plastic Tinsel is a translucent, shiny fake tinsel which reflects different colors depending on the way light hits it. Like Metallic Tinsel, it is easily stretched or crimped by rough brushing; but it does not easily fade or dull. It was on only four ponies -- two brides and two princesses --between Year 8 and Year 10.
Color-Changing Hair, first introduced for the Sunshine Ponies set, came in white, pink, and blond, but all three colors turned to magenta in sunlight. It was used in Year 7 and Year 10. Color-Changing Hair, unforunately, frizzes much more easily than regular pony hair if exposed to direct light for long periods of time. Once it becomes frizzed, it will no longer change color as well, or at all.
This hair type was used for only one set of ponies -- the Watercolor Baby Sea Ponies. It has a soft, cottony feel and changes color when immersed in warm water. Several different colors of Watercolor Baby Sea Pony Hair were made, and they all change to different colors when warmed. After a few years, however, the hair begins to lose its ability to change color; it generally changes permanently to whatever color it was normally supposed to turn in warm water.