Items

Forums
Paint, Pinto, Skewbald, Piebald - What's The Difference
 By Saferaphus   •   26th Apr 2017   •   555 views   •   0 comments
Paint-Pinto-Skewbald-Piebald

Paint, Pinto, Skewbald, Piebald - Whatís the Difference? Many people love the flashiness of a horse that has two color coat. But there are a few ways to describe these broken coat patterns.

Pinto
The word pinto is derived from the Spanish word for Ďpaintedí. A pinto horse has patches of white and any other color. The patches are large, unlike the leopard spotting of some horses like Appaloosas and Knabstrups. The tendency to have a pinto coat is governed by genetics. Horse arenít the only pintos in the animal world either. In other animals, itís called leucism or incorrectly, partial albinism. Fish, birds, and mammals can be pintos. A human with a streak of white in their hair and patches of white skin may have Ďpiebaldismí.

Paint
A Paint Horse is bred to have a stock horse type body with a pinto colored coat. Paints may not have a colored coat, however. As long as a horse has parents registered with the American Paint Horse Registry, is of the correct body type it may be registered as a Paint. This horse will likely carry the genes that will result in a pinto coat in its offspring. This means not all pintos are Paints and not all Paints are pintos.

Piebald
A piebald is a combination of white and black patches.

Skewbald
A skewbald pinto has a coat that is a combination of brown, palomino, roan, bay or chestnut and white. Basically, itís any white and color combination that isnít a piebald. A tricolor skewbald is a bay, having white patches, red-brown body color and black mane, tail, face and leg coloration.

Coat Patterns

Tobiano - There are several specific patterns of color combinations. This most common pattern is called the tobiano. This pattern is characterized by the two colors almost equally covering the body, white legs, and a dark head with normal facial markings such as a blaze or star. The patches of color and white have smooth edges. This is the usual coloration of a lot of pinto ponies.

Overo - Overo patterns have patches with jagged edges. And there are several specific patterns of overo. The patches of color lay horizontally on the horseís body. The horse may have blue eyes. The head and face are often white. Splashed white horses look like theyíve been dunked in white paint, but with smooth patches of color on their bodies. Most of the body of a Sabino horse will be a solid color, with white belly patches, white legs, and white face. Tovero horses may predominately white body, blue eyes, and dark patches over the head, face, and ears.

Dominant white is rare and may result in an all white horse. Foals can be born roan-y, but turn white as the mature. These are not gray horses, nor are they pale cremello. Grey horses usually have dark skin. Dominant white horses have pink skin. They are not albinos as true albino horses do not exist although some breed registries call dominant white and pale cremello horses albino. Lethal white foals also do not survive long past birth. Along with their white coats and blue eyes, lethal white foals are born with colon abnormalities that do not affect them before they are born but make it impossible to live outside of the mare.
Horse News More In This Category:  General      Horse News More From This Author:  Saferaphus
 More News by Saferaphus
Why Does My Horse Stumble
24th Nov 2017   |   General   |   Saferaphus
We all stumble sometimes, and thatís perfectly normal. So it follows that our horses are going to take a misstep now and then. They have twice as many legs as we do after all. The occasional trip up isnít something to be worried a ...
Trotters and Pacers Racing Under Saddle
22nd Nov 2017   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Itís known as RUS or racing under saddle. In Europe, itís known as Montť racing or trot Montť. And in recent years, there have been a number of events held in North America, and associations formed for those who want to take part. ...
Donkey Facts
17th Nov 2017   |   General   |   Saferaphus
There are lots of donkey breeds, each with their own characteristics. Of the over 150 different breeds, we here in North America are probably most familiar with the American Mammoth Jack, often crossed with horses to produce a lar ...
Should Kids Ride Stallions
14th Nov 2017   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Should youth riders ride stallions? I think it depends on the situation. There are probably situations where it will work, and many where it definitely will not. ...
Horse Blanket Hazards
11th Nov 2017   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Most of us try our hardest to look after our horses well. That can include putting some sort of blanket on them to protect them from the elements. Unfortunately our best efforts can occasionally backfire, and the very thing that s ...
Horse DNA Testing
9th Nov 2017   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Up until the availability of DNA testing and a discovery of speed genes, breeding for the track has been a bit like a combination of gut feeling and practiced eye combined with mathematics. But now, DNA analysis can help breeders ...
City Horse Riding
6th Nov 2017   |   General   |   Saferaphus
Do you want to go riding? Do you think that you have to travel out to the countryside? Maybe not. Depending on where you live, you may be able to hop on the subway to get to a stable. Many cities have riding academies or stables w ...
Stolen Horse Tack Insurance Claim
4th Nov 2017   |   General   |   Saferaphus
We should all, at minimum have liability insurance on our horses. That way, if our horse causes injury to anyone, we are protected. Many of us also have insurance against the loss of our horse, and against the loss of our horse st ...
  View All News by Saferaphus
 
©2002 - 2017   PonyBox LLC Create Account Terms & Conditions Privacy Contact Us
351 Members Online 238,173 Registered Members 2,357 News Articles 9,568,044 Unique News Article Views 206,952,654 Website Views