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Is your horse a Pintaloosa? Are you still not sure? Here are some helpful guidelines to help you decided. 

Several patterns of white hair occur on horses. Each one will be described by the appropriate pattern term that is accepted by the ISHR Association. These are the most complete and accurate variations that are used by this registry. "ASYMMETRICAL" white patches are typical of Paints/Pintos, and consist of irregular patches of white on any base color. "SYMMETRICAL" white patches are typical of Appaloosas and POAs. Several different patterns fall into these groups, each is a separate and distinct pattern. (On some Appaloosa's the patterns can be combined and grouped to form unusual pattern types).

(the terms "paint" and "pinto" usually mean any equine with the white asymmetric spotting patterns. There are at least 4 distinct patterns in the group of "paint/pinto", but the North American usuage most often lumps only 3 of these together. (Tobiano, Overo, Splashed White - and ISHR includes the Sabino markings as the 4th type - of course these patterns can be combined and you can get a Tovero, Frame Overo, Sabino Overo, etc..)

The "Pintaloosa" has the characteristic spotting of both the pattern of the paint/pinto and the Lp/PATN pattern(s) (such as an

Appaloosa, POA etc..). Generally, the Class "A" Pintaloosa will be distinct in both types of spotting. The larger patches resembling

any pinto pattern and any Lp/PATN pattern markings.



 

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