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. Many breeds of horses carry pinto patterns. Pinto coloring, known simply as "coloured" in nations using British English, is the most popular in the United States. While pinto colored horses are not considered as a "breed," several competing color breed registries have formed to encourage the breeding of pinto colored horses. The word "paint" is sometimes used to describe pinto horses but today, it is specifically used for the American Paint Horse; a pinto colored horse with identifiable American Quarter Horse or Thoroughbred bloodlines. Pinto patterns are visually and genetically distinct from the leopard complex spotting patterns characteristic of horse breeds such as the Appaloosa. Breeders who select for color are often careful not to cross the two patterns, and registries that include spotting color preferences often will refuse registration to horses that exhibit characteristics of the "wrong" pattern.
Also known as
This breed is also called Coloured Horse, Paint and Pinto, Pindos, Pinto, Pinto Horse, Pinto Pony, Pinto With Riding Horses Pedigree, Pinto-Hunter as well as Pinto-Pony.
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