(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 down over 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.
(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.
Tovero (Tobiano plus Overo)
(pronounced: tow vair’ oh)
One or both eyes blue.
Dark pigmentation around the mouth, which may extend up the sides of the face and form spots.
Chest spot(s) in varying sizes. These may also extend up the neck.
Flank spot(s) ranging in size. These are often accompanied by smaller spots that extend forward across the barrel, and up over the loin.
Spots, varying in size, at the base of the tail.
Dark pigmentation around the ears, which may expand to cover the forehead and/or eyes.
RG-070. APHA Color Requirements
A. A horse meeting bloodline requirements outlined in Rule RG-015. must have a definite “natural Paint marking”.
B. For the purpose of this rule, the term “natural Paint marking” shall mean a predominant hair coat color with at least one contrasting area of solid white hair of the required size with some underlying unpigmented skin
present on the horse at the time of its birth. This solid white area must be in the prescribed zone depicted in the illustration below. In the event the horse has a predominantly white hair coat, the term “natural Paint marking” shall mean at least one contrasting area of the required size of colored hair with some underlying pigmented skin present on the horse at the time of its birth. This colored area must be in the prescribed zone depicted in the illustration below.
C. The “natural Paint marking” as described in B above must extend more than two-inches (2”) and be in the prescribed zone depicted in the illustration below.
D. The “natural Paint markings” on a horse with both parents registered as described in Rule RG-015. may be anywhere on the horse’s body or legs behind a line:
- (Reference point 1) from the base of the ear forward horizontally to the base of the other ear; or
- From the base of the ear to the outside corner of the eye, continuing to the corner of the mouth; or
- From the corner of the mouth, under the chin, to the other corner of the mouth; or
- (Reference point 2) A level line around the leg at the center of the knee. (The center of the knee is determined by using the bony protrusions on the back of the knee as the starting point and drawing a level line horizontally around the knee).
- (Reference point 3) A level line around the leg at the point of the hock. (This hock line is determined, starting at the point of the hock and drawin a line horizontally around the hock).
- The “natural Paint marking” need not be visible from a standing position.
- Non-qualifying areas include but are not limited to the following locations:
b. Lips of vulva;
c. Shaft of penis;
d. Inner sheath not visible without physical manipulation of the area.
E. To be eligible for registration in the Regular Registry, a horse must possess one additional Paint Horse trait (see RG-070.F.) that need not be visible from a standing position if the “natural Paint marking”:
- EXCEPTION I: occurs in an extension of a high stocking beyond reference point 2 or reference point 3. The “natural Paint marking” must extend more than 2-inches, be one solid white area and have some
underlying unpigmented skin. The extensionmust be in excess of two inches above the line specified (either horizontally or vertically).
- EXCEPTION II: occurs in an extension of a face marking beyond reference point 1. The “natural Paint marking” must extend more than 2-inches, be one solid white area and have some underlying unpigmented skin. The extension must be in excess of two inches beyond the line specified (either horizontally or vertically).
F. Additional Paint Horse traits for purposes of this registration rule are listed below. These traits alone do not qualify a horse for the Regular Registry.
- White leg markings extending above the knee and/or hocks;
- Glass, blue or watch eye(s);
- Apron face or bald face, described as outside a line from the inside corner of the eye to the inside corner of the nostril;
- White on the jaw or lower lip;
- Blue zone around a “natural Paint marking”;
- Two color mane, one color being natural white;
- Dark areas or freckles in white hair on the face or legs;
- White areas in the non-visible zone, excluding the head, completely surrounded by a contrasting color;
- A contrasting area of another color in the non-visible zone including the head, on the predominantly white horse.
G. Any horse registered in the Regular Registry which has marginal color, or color which may not be easily observable, shall have noted in the “remarks” section of their registration certificate the size and locations of the qualifying area. If inspected, the date of inspection shall be noted.
(Text copied from www.apha.com)