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Paints, Quarter Horses and Arabians

Colors & Patterns of the Paint Horse

Each Paint Horse has a particular combination of white and any color of the equine spectrum: black, bay, brown, chestnut, dun, grullo, sorrel, palomino, buckskin, gray or roan.

Althought Paints come in a variety of colors with different markings, there are only three specific coat patterns: Overo, tobiano and tovero.

These colors, markings and patterns, combined with stock-type conformation, athletic ability and agreeable disposition, make the American Paint Horse an investment in quality

Overo (pronounced: OH VAIR' OH)

The white usually will not cross the back of the horse between its withers and its tail.

Generally, at least one and often all four legs are dark.

Generally, the white is irregular, and is rather scattered or splashy.

Head markings are distinctive, often bald-faced, apron-faced or bonnet-faced.

An overo may be either predominantly dark or white.

The Tail is usually one color.

Tobiano (pronounced: TOW BE YAH' NO)

The dark color usually covers one or both flanks.

Generally, all four legs are white, at least below the hocks and knees.

Generally, the spots are regular and distinct as ovals or round patterns that extend downover the neck and chest, giving the appearance of a shield.

Head markings are like those of a solid-colored horse- solid, or with a blaze, strip, star or snip.

A tobiano may be either predominantly dark or white.

The tail is often two colors.

Tovero (pronunced: TOW VAIR' OH)

These horses combine the characteristics of both overos and tobianos.

Black Tobiano                    Brown Tobiano

Bay Overo          Chestnut Overo

Sorrel Overo          Dun Tobiano

Red Dun Tobiano          Grullo Overo

Buckskin Tobiano          Palomino Overo

Grey TobianoBlue Roan Tobiano

Red Roan Overo

This information was taken from the American Paint Horse Association. For further information, please see their web site at


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