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PAINT/PINTO QUALIFICATIONS: equine must possess the characteristic spotted pattern and/or have white above the knee(s) and/or hock(s) and/or facial white of the "BONNET", "APRON", or "BALD" face. Patterns include: Tobiano, Overo, Tovero, Splashed White, Sabino and/or any combination of said patterns.

APPALOOSA TYPE: equine must possess the characteristic markings/patterns of either/or Appaloosa, POA, Knabstruper, Tiger, Palouse, and Colorado Ranger. Patterns include: Leopard, Few Spot, False Leopard, Varnish Roan, Solid Blanket, Spotted Blanket, Mottled, Frost, Snowflake and/or any combination of said patterns.

PINTALOOSA TYPE: there are 2 (two) type of Pintaloosa class's: TYPE "A" and TYPE "B". 

Class "A"> equine must possess BOTH pattern markings of a Paint/Pinto and Appaloosa.

Class "B" > equine only shows 1 pattern type - that of a Pinto/Paint or that of an Appaloosa. PROOF must be submitted showing that one parent is/was Pinto and the other Appaloosa and/or Pintaloosa. (proof being a photo of Sire and/or Dam or paperwork of breeding)

NOTICE: because of the Sabino gene and the acceptace of this by the Quarter Horse Association associating this marking as "Paint" markings - any Appaloosa with Sabino white going up legs, body or face will be registered as a PINTALOOSA. (this is due largely to the fact many Appaloosa's are intergrating the Quarter Horse bloodlines into the Appaloosa - thus also introducing the sabino gene into the pattern)

HEIGHT REQUIREMENTS: "Horse Size" must be or will mature to at least 13.3hh & above. (this includes draft sizes also) "Pony Size" must not mature to over 13.2hh. "Miniature Horse" must not mature to over 38 inches at the withers by 3 years of age.

PICTURE REQUIREMENTS: 4 (four) photo's are required per equine. (please, no other animal, tack - except for halter & lead rope or person(s) included in the photo's) Each photo must be clear and sharp and include the whole equine. (no cut off of face, feet, tail or ears - if there are cut offs the pictures will be rejected) Must have picture of each side (from end of nose to tail & top of ears to bottom of feet), 1 rear photo from top of ears to bottom of feet, and 1 front facial picture from top of ears to bottom of feet. 

Pictures must be printed on clean, white paper or photo paper and no larger than 3" x 5". Pictures must be in COLOR - no black white photo's allowed.

Color of the equine must be CLEAR and SHARP so there is no question as to the color or pattern of the equine. 

REGISTRATION APPLICATION: all applications must be filled out as accurately as possible and to the best of your knowledge. Please write legibly and as much information as possible to be included on the certificate. ISHR will not be responsible for content errors or unreadable writing and/or omissions on the application form. 

Acceptable "FACIAL WHITE" for:


Below are acceptable white leg markings for Paint/Pinto/Pintaloosa: White from above the knee and/or white from hock down.  (this is generally related to the "Sabino" gene) Quarter Horses, Arabians, and many Morgans commonly carry the "Sabino" gene so they are qualified as a "spotted" equine. (the white can be anywhere up to and/or past the knee and/or hock - this includes the white going up the front and/or the back of the leg)

ISHR shall determine the acceptability of any equine submitted for registration or certification. The color, type, and pattern shall also be determined by this registry. THE DECISION IS USUALLY FINAL. (please, anyone who calls or emails this office and is not polite or courteous in wanting a decision of this office changed shall be terminated from membership and/or equine will be revoked and all fees paid will NOT be refunded. Rudeness, screaming, cursing, slamming of the phone will NOT BE TOLERATED!

This registry SHALL NOT hold any application without the fee and pictures submitted at the same time. (this is due to people who submit an application by mail or online and then ask the registry to "wait" a few days for the fee and/or photo's and then they never send fees or photo's or they wait days or weeks before it is sent)

If payment is being made by PAYPAL  - Please remember to add the 7% convenience fee to the to the total if you are sending from outside of the United States. ISHR currently does not accept credit cards.

ISHR does not accept personal checks from anyone outside of the United States. Postal or bank money orders are accepted and bank drafts.

No matter the breed or breed type equines of all sizes are accepted. If uncertain your equine meets the pattern qualifications - please contact the registry or send a photo of the equine. ISHR will be able to tell you very quickly if the equine qualifies or not.

Sorry, but at this time spotted mules and/or donkeys are not acceptable into this association.





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.

ISHR uses the pattern types, "Tobiano", "Overo"(in which it encompasses the pattern "Frame"), "Tovero", "Sabino" and "Splashed White". Some breeders are trying for the "politically correct" usage for all terms, but, unless you have a very trained eye and educated in what patterns are exactly what - for the average horse person, it can be very confusing. While more and more different types of pattern genes are popping up in the science end of it, for the average horse person, it can be very trying. But, it is true that "spots" get a lot of attention no matter what the pattern type and that is what ISHR is looking for and all about.

***SPECIAL NOTEAn Appaloosa that shows the Sabino white going up legs, and/or on belly and/or Apron / Bald face will be put into the "PINTALOOSA" group. The reason is because of the extensive white pattern typical of the PAINT/PINTO horse and because of the large influence of QH bloodlines. (because now QH's showing the high white of the sabino white gene are now being accepted as Paint and/or Pinto.)

There has been some level of expression that breeding a Sabino to Sabino WILL NOT produce the "lethal white foal" syndrome as when mating an Overo to an Overo.

***At this time there is no perponderance of scientific proof to support a single gene dominant basis for the inheritance pattern of the sabino, but that doesn't mean that the theory of a separate single gene is not correct, only that the amount of existing data doesn't validate it using scientific statistical analysis. Many people that have been breeding just for the sabino have not done scientifically documented extensive testing of hundreds of proven crosses. It is suggested by some that the genetic cause is definately not the overo gene - BUT, as stated before, extensive testing of thousands of horses MUST be done to prove the sabino gene inheritance pattern.



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