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Did You Know?

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.


About The Pinto

The diversity of the Pinto breed can be seen in the 19 recognized outcross breeds, which are separated into different types and sizes. For more information on registering your Pinto, visit the Registration Page.


The Pinto comes four in different sizes – miniature, miniature B, pony and 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.


Horses and ponies are classified by type. The four Pinto 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


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.  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) are registered Breeding Stock.


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.


Jody Arrington, Owner of Almost Heaven Riding Stables, is now the Pinto Director and Field Representative for Texas Pinto!


What does that mean for you?

  • Get your Pinto registered through us.
  • Inspect your horse if your not sure about the requirements.
  • Answer your questions regarding Pinto.


We can go out to your place to register your horse and help with any problems you may have.


So contact us to find out more!  Email Us