AMERICAN PAINT HORSE ASSOCIATION

The Perfect Partner! 

Intelligent, athletic and loaded with eye-appeal,
the American Paint Horse has much 
to offer today’s equine enthusiast
The Perfect Partner! 
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 colors. 

American PaintThe 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 ownership experience.

AMERICAN PAINT HORSE ASSOCIATION 
P.O. BOX 961023 
FORT WORTH, TEXAS 76161-0023 
Phone: (817) 834-2742 

Web Site: www.apha.com

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