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5 Awesome Facts About Pinto Horse

#1 - Pinto Horses came from Egypt

Contrary to popular belief, they are not from the Americas ... The oldest traces of pinto horses were found in Egypt in the year 3000 BC, so on Arabian horses, then throughout history.

#2 - Pinto Horse has 6 variation of markings

Tobiano: he always wears 4 white balzanes, the white has poured on his back by making large vertical spots with clear contours. On the other hand it sports the same brands in mind as the other dresses, star, ball, list. His hair is of two colors.

Overo: he is often generously made up of white in the head: wide list, drink-in-his-white, his head is sometimes entirely white. His eyes may be brown or blue. His body has irregular white areas, horizontal, they extend on the flanks and belly but never on the back. It has at least one dark leg, its tail is white or colored, rarely two-colored.

Sabino: it is a frequent dress in clydesdale and shires. The white leaves from four balzanes very high pavements and spreads on the belly. the head is very white, sometimes to the throat and the lower part. The border of the white plates is jagged, which reminds of lace. There is a line of English thoroughbreds carrying the sabino gene.

Splashed White: this is the rarest of the magpies. The distribution of the white is the same as for the sabino but the border of the white plates is much sharper and regular, which gives the impression that the horse has walked in a river of white paint. 

Tovero: the tovero can be seen as a white horse with some spots. These pigments appear around the ears, on the flanks and back, at the base of the tail. He often has both blue eyes.

Rabicano: The forearm is united, the flanks, the hindquarters and the base of the tail are white. The border between white and color is blurred: it is made of a mixture of colored hairs and white hairs creating a roughness on the sides. According to the national stud, these horses are called rubicans and are attached to the pattern of their basic dress.


(Credit to Pinto Association of South Australia)

#3 - The Pinto is sometimes confused with the Paint Horse

In fact, Pinto means all Pies horses (stained) while Paint Horse is a breed with specific lines and characteristics (and origins) identical to those of the Quarter Horse. Pinto comes from the Spanish word Pintado, meaning painted or marbled.

#4 - Some tribes saw colored marks as magical and bringing luck to battle.

In Commanches and Cheyenne, for example, the Paint Horse or Mustang Tovero were named Medecine Hat. Only the brave men who had proved their courage (as well as the 'wizard-doctor') were allowed to ride them, and a Comanche warrior riding a Medicine Hat considered himself invincible.

#5 - Associations have been created to preserve the Pinto and Paint horses characteristics

In 1956, the Pinto Horse Association of America appears. A few years later, two other groups proposed to preserve the characteristics of his horses (color, compact conformation and muscular): the American Paint Quarter Horse Association in 1961 and the American Paint Stock Horse Association in 1962. The creator of this Last, Rebecca Lockhart, records on the kitchen table, in Gainesville, Texas, the first American Paint Horse, a black tobiano stallion named Bandits Pinto. With the help of her friends, she published a newsletter, drew 150 members and registered 250 horses by the end of 1962. In 1965, the two groups united to form the American Paint Horse Association with 1,300 members and 3,800 registered horses. Any pie horse can be registered by the Pinto Horse Association of America, but, on the other hand, only pies attesting to thoroughbred lines, Quarter horse or Paint are allowed by the second.


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