The Perfect Partner!
Intelligent, athletic and loaded with
the American Paint Horse has much
to offer today’s equine enthusiast
Photo Courtesy of APHA
American Paint Horses are widely known for their unique coat
patterns, which are essential to the identity of the breed.
For registration and breeding purposes, Paint Horses are
categorized by their individual coat pattern, which can be
tobiano, overo or tovero
The tobiano pattern is distinguished by oval or round spots
that extend down the neck and chest. White will often cross
the horse’s back between its withers and tail. The tobiano’s
head markings will be completely solid or have a blaze,
strip, star or snip. Generally, their legs are white, at
least below the knees and hocks and their tail is often two
overo pattern may be predominately dark or white. Typically,
the white will not cross the back of the horse between its
withers and tail. Overos often have bold white head markings
such as a bald face. Generally, an overo’s body markings
will be irregular and scattered and one or all four legs
will be dark. Their tail is usually one color.
Because not all coat patterns fit neatly into these two
categories, the APHA expanded its classifications to include
the tovero pattern to describe horses that have
characteristics of both the tobiano and overo patterns.
An American Paint Horse is an intelligent, stock-type horse
that is built for quickness, speed, agility and dexterity.
These qualities, plus a willing attitude, make the Paint
Horse ideal for pleasure riding, ranch work, rodeoing,
racing and showing. They are a perfect mount for children
and novice horseman and women. With more than 75,000 members
in the US, Canada, Mexico and 32 foreign countries, the APHA
is always trying to find new ways to enhance the Paint Horse
AMERICAN PAINT HORSE ASSOCIATION
P.O. BOX 961023
FORT WORTH, TEXAS 76161-0023
Phone: (817) 834-2742
Web Site: www.apha.com