From long ago here are the rules of thumb I use to tell a paint/pinto pattern, of which there are/were 3:
- 4 white legs
- body white is connected and goes over the back
- face could be mistaken for a solid colored horse
- ie a white horse with dark areas
- 2 tone tail
- Overo :
- dark horse with white areas
- legs often dark with jagged white
- facial white often going off side of face
- if white over the eye area, then blue eye
- 3 subcategories of Overo (not specified on papers)
- dark down the spine with white areas on the sides
- many have lightning bolts on legs
- reminiscent of a picture frame (ie white picture with dark frame)
- looks like someone was underneath them and threw/sprayed white paint up onto them
- Scattered White
- 3 more:
- white hairs throughout
- heavier white on body than neck/head/legs
- sort of like a splash and roan mixed
- sabino with a skunk tail, and
- white hairs concentrating to form almost stripes along the ribcage.
- basically a Tobiano pattern influenced by Overo
- many primarily white with shields and flank spots only
- many medicine hats, war bonnets ....
Probably way outdated, and possibly some lost due to memory fading in my old age. One thing about the patterns is that when speaking of color you are referring to the white. So a loudly colored horse is one with a lot of white.
I would appreciate being corrected as necessary, so I don't go on thinking these things if they are not so.
Here is Pickle, a Tobiano: Pickle Tobiano.jpg
Bart, a Frame Overo: Bart Frame.jpg
Daisy, a Medicine Hat Tovero: Daisy Tovero.jpg
And finally 2 of Irish, a Rabacino: Irish rabacino.jpg 2003 Irish rabacino 2.jpg