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Pinto





Origin:

The Pinto horse has been perceived as a breed since 1963 and originates from various types of horses. In earlier times, American Indians used Pintos as warhorses because their coloring is a form of camouflage. The Pinto breed's name comes from the Spanish word pintado, which means painted.



Characteristics:

The Pinto breed is not defined by its genetic ancestory, but by its color. In America, these horses are considered proper. The breed does not have a definate body type because they are bred for color, not conformation. However, Pintos can be classified as a Saddle type, Hunt and Racing type, or a Stock type.



Appearance:

Normally, Pintos range from 12-14 hh. They have a dark base color with random white patches on top. To be registered with the Pinto Horse Association of America, "Overo" and "Tobiano" are the two color patterns accepted. Overo has a solid base coat, and the darker color dominates. Tobiano, the more common pattern, consists of a white dominating color and other colored patches.





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