Today’s Horse Facts: The Pinto

the pinto

How many of you have ever ridden a Pinto horse? I’ve had several Pintos in my horse life. Two of their names were Moon Doggie and Susie. (Isn’t Susie  a dumb name for a horse? That was her name when I bought her.)

A Pinto horse has a coat color that consists of large patches of white and any other color. The distinction between “pinto” and “solid” can be tenuous, as so-called “solid” horses frequently have areas of white hair. Various cultures throughout history appear to have selectively bred for pinto patterns. Let’s see how you do in today’s T/F quiz:

  1. Many breeds of horses carry pinto patterns.
  2. Pinto patterns are visually and genetically distinct from the leopard complex spotting patterns characteristic of horses such as the Appaloosa.
  3. The word “pinto” is a Spanish word literally meaning “painted” and also “dappled” or “spotted.”
  4. Piebald is any pinto pattern on a black base coat.
  5. The most common type of Pinto is the tovero.
  6. Overo essentially means “pinto,” but not tobiano.
  7. The Pinto breed was recognized in the United States in 1963.
  8. The U.S. has the greatest number of Pinto horses in the world.
  9. Breeders are not very selective in colors, and they commonly cross the two patterns.
  10. Any pinto pattern can be on any base coat other than black. As chestnut and bay are the most common base coat colors, skewbalds are most often chestnut and white or bay and white.

Let me know if you got at least eight of these questions correct. If so, then you are an Pinto horse expert! Here are the answers:

  1. T
  2. T
  3. T
  4. T
  5. F   The Tobiano is the most common.
  6. T
  7. T
  8. T
  9. F  Breeders are very selective in colors and usually do not cross two patterns.
  10. T

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Well, do you know your horse facts about Pinto horses? If you want to learn more, look up these other websites for you to check up on additional facts about the beautiful Pinto horse breed:

(All information in this blog is referenced from the above websites)

Happy riding!


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A blue-ribbon horse and a boy with Down syndrome teach Skye the meaning of love. Joey Klingerman is one of the most loving kids you could ever meet, but Skye would welcome a lot less of his affection. This is Joey’s second summer at Keystone Stables, and the outgoing boy has latched onto Skye as his ‘girlfriend.’ Skye finds his attention embarrassing and frustrating. To add to the frustration, Joey won’t stop pestering Skye to let him ride her horse, Champ. Skye won’t even consider it. No one rides Champ but her. What does God want her to learn about loving others—including Joey? With the Snyder County Horse Show drawing near, Skye is about to find out.


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