A Pinto Stands Out In A Crowd!
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Pintos are to be judged on their conformation as per the Standard of Excellence.
There are three colour patterns, TOBIANO, OVERO and SABINO with wide variations in colour and areas. The Ideal Pinto possesses a 50/50 colour pattern distribution, however, the patterns and markings are extremely varied. No discrimination will be made concerning Tobiano, Overo and Sabino patterns – they are of equal value. While colour and markings are not primarily determinative factors in judging, it must be borne in mind that where two horses are equal in all other qualities of conformation, quality, action, presentation and performance the award should be made to the entry which more closely represents the Pinto horse and is more readily recognisable as a Pinto.
When judging Best Marked classes, no work out is required as you are judging the markings only. As mentioned above the ideal Pinto possesses a 50/50 colour pattern distribution, however balance of that distribution is also taken into account, a horse all black from nose to the girth and all white from girth to tail whilst almost 50/50 is not considered to be a “Best Marked” horse, markings should be evenly distributed.
TOBIANO – (pronounced toe-bee-ah-no)
The Tobiano Pinto is basically a white horse with patches of colour. It generally has white legs and white crossing the backbone. The head, chest, flank, buttock and often the tail are the usual coloured areas.
OVERO – (pronounced o-vair-o)
The Overo Pinto appears as a dark horse with white
marking. These markings are of irregular shape with
jagged edges and normally originate on the horses side or belly, often spreading towards the neck, legs and back.
Colour appears to frame the white areas. An Overo
usually has a dark mane, tail, legs and backbone. Bald or white face often accompanies the Overo pattern.
Horses which show definite characteristics of the two marking patterns described with the Tobiano and Overo are referred to as Tobero.
The Sabino Pinto is a dark horse with large white belly splashes which come up the sides from underneath. The belly splashes must be visible from a distance and easily seen at eye level.