The Breed

The diversity of the Pinto breed can be seen in the number of recognized outcross breeds, which are separated into different types by their classifications. The Pinto is separated into five different classifications: stock, hunter, pleasure, saddle and utility. We also include ponies and minis. For more information on registering your Pinto, visit the Registration Page.

 

Size

The Pinto comes five different classifications – miniature, miniature B, pony and horse and utility horse.
A miniature Pinto is any equine measuring 34 inches or less and a miniature B Pinto is any equine measuring more than 34 inches to 38 inches. A Pinto pony is any equine measuring more than 38 inches to 56 inches. A Pinto horse is an equine measuring more than 56 inches or 14 hands. A Pinto utility horse is an equine posessing Gypsy or Drum breeding, regardless of height.

 


Type

Horses and ponies and utility horses are classified by type. The four horse/pony types include stock, hunter, pleasure and saddle.


Stock – a western horse of predominantly Quarter Horse or Paint breeding and conformation




Hunter – an English horse generally including Thoroughbred and approved European Warmblood breeding and conformation




Pleasure – a horse usually of Arabian, Andalusian or Morgan breeding and conformation




Saddle – a gaited horse, possibly Saddlebred, Hackney or Tennessee Walker breeding and conformation

 

 

 


The two Utility types include Gypsy and Drum.


Gypsy - a horse of predominantly Gypsy Cob or Vanner breeding. Conformation displays a heavy build and short to moderate frame.

Drum - a horse of predominantly Gypsy crossbreeding with other draft type breeds. Conformation displays a larger, taller frame.


Color

A Pinto horse must have four square inches of cumulative white in the qualifying zone and underlying pink skin. The requirement is modified with the size of the equine requiring only three square inches for ponies and two square inches for miniatures. Any Pinto that is registered with an approved outcross breed and has documented color on the outcross papers is eligible for registration.


The equines that do not meet the color requirement, but have at least two or more Pinto characteristics (blue eyes; leg white above the knee or hock; white or multi-colored hooves; collective white in the eligible zones, but not enough to qualify for color; pink skin), or are registrered in an approved outcross registry, are elligible for our Solid Registry.

Pattern

The two color patterns are the Tobiano and the Overo.

The Tobiano coat appears to be white with large flowing spots of color, often overlapping. Spots of color typically originate from the head, chest, flank and buttock, often including the tail.

The Overo coat appears to be a colored horse with white markings. Spots of white appear to be jagged and usually originate on the animal’s side or belly spreading toward the neck, tail, legs and back. White almost never crosses the back.

What's the Difference?

 

A frequently asked question about the Pinto is “what’s the difference between an American Paint horse and a Pinto horse?” American Paint horses are limited to registered bloodlines of Paint, American Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred horses, whereas the Pinto can be from an array of bloodlines including the Arabian, American Saddlebred, American Miniature Horse, Tennessee Walking Horse and American Shetland Pony to name a few. The PtHA does not accept Appaloosa, Draft or Mule breedings and/or characteristics, except for non-characteristic Appaloosa geldings.