16 Comments on “Horse Color White Patterns – Paint and Pinto

  1. Nikki

    The picture of the spash overo is a frame. Slash overos look like they were dipped in paint. A good way to picture it would be white going up the legs and belly being one giant white spot. Also, the frame overo with they blue eyes looks like a tobiano…

  2. Jessica

    You have some things mixed up. A pinto is a color that can occur on any breed. A Paint IS A breed. Known as the American Paint horse.

    1. jenna

      Your info on the color patterns is correct, However a paint is not a breed, it is a colored registry. In order for you to register a Paint the parents must have quarter horse blood or thoroughbred. However once you register your quarter/thoroughbred as paint, you can then bred this horse to another registered paint, and the APHA will not require prof of quarter/thoroughbred blood for registering the offspring. The pinto registration is the same way. there are many breeds that fall under pinto, saddlebred, arabian, miniature horse ect.. you must prove your horses lineage. once you register a pinto and breed to another pinto, the PtHA will not need to see any lineage. Most people will not bother getting the actual breed registration and will just get the pinto or paint registry. And thats why so many people think pinto and paints are breeds.

  3. Miku

    Since Rabicano is listed in the Pinto patterns, I have a TB colt that is Rabicano colored could be registered in a Thoroughbred registry as well as a pinto colored registry?

  4. Nikki

    New tid-bit I was unaware of until recently… Blue eyes in pintos are alomst always caused my the Splash gene, unless there is another modifier present (like a double dilute) Lower lip white is also often caused by Splash. Face white (with the exception of blazes, stars, snips, etc) in general is caused by the Splash gene. I retract my statement about the blue eyed foal looking like a tabiano and have no decided he is in fact, a tovero. lol

  5. Erryn

    The first tobiano image is a poor example of a tobiano as the white does not appear to cross the back.. rather looks more like a tobero which is a tobiano overo cross with greater tendancy to tobiano. A better example of a splashed white would show it’s entire head white.. you might want to indicate that many if not all splashed whites show indications of deafness due to the lack of pigment inside their ears, for splashed white look up bald eagle in the quarter horse/paint lines or find Anasazi Windtalker who is a true splash without overo complications.
    Your rabicano also looks more like a roan, true rabicano show more from the belly upwards, not uniformly as the one you show.. check out rabicano in arabians for a better example.

  6. Paige

    Thanks for the info Erryn, unfortunately finding accurate pics is the hardest part of my job. I will do some more looking to see if I can come up with images that do a better job of representing the patterns. If you have clear images that you’d be interested in sharing, I’ll gladly credit you for the pics. :)

  7. Desiree

    I have several issues with this site. For one, a Paint Horse is a breed; it has a breeders resigtery. Pinto is used to describe any other horse(that has paint coloring) that is not the Paint breed. The first horse they have listed as a Tovero is NOT Tovero. Its’s Tobiano. You can tell because the markings on the head are not consistant with Tovero requirements listed here: http://www.apha.com/breed/pdf/ToveroDec97.pdf. Tovero paints are often Medicine Hats, not Tobianos. The last horse (the foal) they have listed as a Tobiano is actually a Tovero. Rabiacano is NOT a form of pinto. Its a distant form of roan. And the last horse they have listed is not just Sabino, its Maximum White Sabino, there is a gene that conrtolls which the horse gets. Sabino is actually controlled by 2 genes. Sa1 and Sa2. Sa2 is hidden and is not shown in a solid horse, however the horse can carry it and can pass it on to its offspring (who then have the Sabino pattern). Pintaloosa is actually a combination of Lp( one of the appaloosa patterns) and any Pinto pattern.

  8. pintolover2831

    Why does my pinto gelding have blue eyes, when his half sister, also a pinto, does not?

  9. tanner

    Paints are a breed, not just a colour registry. They have a specific bloodline and pedigree. I own a solid bay roan Paint gelding, no white pattern, and has APHA papers and a pedigree. Pinto is a color, just like bay chestnut, or black, that can act on any coat color and in combinations . Pinto patterns consist of Tobaino, Frame Overo, Sabino, Splash White, and dominant white. A horse can have frame, sabino, and splash, and it’s actually more common than you think. Pinto is NOT a breed, Paint is, just like an ApHC, or an AQHA.

    Sorry Jenna, I am with Jessica.

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