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Unique APHA Color Patterns

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 baldfaced, 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 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.

TOVERO (pronounced: tow vair' oh)
  • These horses combine the characteristics of both overos and tobianos.


Paints come in all colors. To determine the color of your horse
The American Paint Horse Association will provide to its members a
poster with illustrations on it as a guideline. Keep in mind that
the colors and patterns of American Paints come in all combinations.

For more information please contact:
Post Office Box 96l023
Forth Worth, Texas 76l6l-0023
(8l7) 834-APHA(2742)