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THE PINTALOOSA to learn more about the Pintaloosa Horse and the registry for Pintaloosa's please go to:

The "Pintaloosa" Registry is a  branch of the International Spotted Horse Registry. 

Have any questions? Please always feel free to contact our office: or and 866-201-3098 toll free or 417-475-MARE.


By Registering your Pintaloosa and becoming a member you will be able to participate in year end award programs, such as our open show program and our Ride and Drive Program. You will receive a beautiful registration certificate and be connected to other Pintaloosa lovers. Help show the world that you love your horses spots and splotches! 


ISHR has discovered that there are other "spots of color" out in the horse world besides the world of Paints, Pinto's & Appaloosa's -- that is the PINTALOOSA horse which can emit a kaleidoscope of colors and patterns.

The Pintaloosa is fast becoming the newest color/pattern craze for equine owners & breeders. By breeding a pinto or paint to an appaloosa (or any equine with the LP gene), (or visa/versa) and with a lot of luck, a breeder can have a beautiful tobiano with a flashy spotted blanket or a wintry pattern of a snowflake tobiano. The patterns which can be achieved is endless in the multitude of colors.

Presently the Pintaloosa horse is controversial among many diehard paint and pinto breeders and many appaloosa breeders. However, wanting to create more beautifully colored and patterned horses, more breeders are turning to the cross breeding by using the paint or pinto and applaoosa (or any LP gene carrying equine).

There are many arabian breeders that wanted more "charisma" added to their arabian horses, more color for added "class" so they turned to breeding for spotted color going for the pinto/paint pattern or the appaloosa for greater pattern variety. On the other hand, miniature horse breeders have been breeding for size so the color or patterns were of no big issue - so many "Pintaloosa" breedings were done, but eyebrows were not raised because most breeders were not so much interested in the coat patterns as they were the small horse size and conformation.

Many horse owners and breeders wanted more, they wanted to stand out in a crowd, to be seen and now being heard by showing off these colorfully spotted equines. An equine historian once stated: "Every American breed of horse is a mixture created by mankind. Some mixtures are just more finely blended vintages and depends on whether breeders are willing to work from a broad biological perspective to promote a different kind of horse." The Pintaloosa horse is just another one that has surfaced.

The appaloosa and paint horse associations promote the "purity of blood" rather than color or pattern of the breed, and even the pinto association is more for the "purity of blood" than color because at least one (1) parent is required to be registered through them or you can pay a hefty fee for a "hardship" case. Color is of secondary nature to certain associations.

ISHR accepts all spotted equines of any breed and/or breed type. (except donkeys/mules) The Pintaloosa is a special edition to their acceptance of color. According to the registries Founder and President, Rebecca Rogers, the "Class "A" Pintaloosa" shows the characteristics of both the pinto/paint and appaloosa or any equine carrying the LP gene. The "Class "B" Pintaloosa" only exhibits one type of color pattern - either the pinto/paint or the appaloosa type, but not both - however, they do have BOTH bloodline patterns in them.

Many breeders can be biased on the merits of certain colors and patterns. When an unexpected color pattern is introduced these breeders will discredit the breeding of two (2) different type patterns of horses. Why? Because they have lost the ability to be "open minded" and want to discredit or disbelieve that there are breeders who want to explore for more color and pattern type variations. Now many horse breeds are sporting spots such as the Morgan, Tennessee Walker, Arabians, and the list just keeps growing every few years. Simply because "spots" give more beauty to any horse. The Draft type equines and Gypsy Vanners are now wanting to add more colors and patterns and have introduced the LP gene into their breeds.

Before ISHR, there were no places for the Pintaloosa to get recognition. the APHA (Paint Horse Association) does not accept them nor does the Appaloosa Associations. Now ISHR has Pintaloosa equines registered from all over the world.

The Pintaloosa breeder and owner have a goal - to create variations of color patterns - although this is not their only goal. They also want to take into consideration and achieve the inheritance of conformation and temperament. Most all breeders use logic, objectivity and understanding in the success rate for the color and pattern type.

ISHR accepts these patterns for the pinto type: tobiano, overo, tovero, sabino, splashed white, and any combination derived from any of these patterns. Acceptable applaoosa patterns are; few spot leopard, spotted leopard, snowflake, blanket (solid and spotted), mottled, snowcap, flecked, varnish, frost or any combination thereof. So with a Pintaloosa there are hundreds of pattern variations one can get. It isn't an exact science as you will not really know what type of pattern variation you would achieve, but chances are it will be very unique, colorful, and have a lot of eye appeal.

If you are looking for that ONE OF A KIND in a horse, if you want lots of color, charisma, charm and beauty - the Pintaloosa may be just what you are looking for.

PINTALOOSA TYPE: there are 2 (two) type of Pintaloosa class's: TYPE "A" and TYPE "B". 

Class "A"> equine must possess BOTH pattern markings of a Paint/Pinto and Appaloosa (or equines with LP).

Class "B" > equine only shows 1 pattern type - that of a Pinto/Paint or that of an Appaloosa. PROOF must be submitted showing that one parent is/was Pinto and the other Appaloosa (or equine with the LP gene) and/or Pintaloosa. (proof being a photo of Sire and/or Dam or paperwork of breeding)

NOTICE: because of the Sabino gene and the acceptance of this by the Quarter Horse Association associating this marking as "Paint" markings - any Appaloosa with Sabino white going up legs, body or face will be registered as a PINTALOOSA. (this is due largely to the fact many Appaloosa's are integrating the Quarter Horse bloodlines into the Appaloosa - thus also introducing the sabino gene into the pattern)

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