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.


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.


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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