The coat color of horses identified by broad white patches along with any other color on the body is called pinto. Pinto horses may vary in colors and patterns, including, piebald, skewbald, tricolored, tobiano, overo, tovero, and dominant white.
The pinto coloring is one of the most famous horse coat patterns in the US, and several breed registries strongly recommend the breeding of horses with pinto coat. Although the word ‘paint’ is often used to represent pinto horses, it specifically signifies the American Paint Horse that has a pinto coat with Thoroughbred and American Quarter Horse ancestry.
It is believed that the pinto horses, because of their striking spotted patterns, were selectively bred in ancient Egypt, Rome, and transported to the New World by the Spanish and Portuguese explorers. The Pinto Horse Association of America, incorporated in 1956, encourages the promotion and maintenance of records and pedigrees of pinto horses and ponies.