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Pintabian Horse

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Pintabian Horse

Exterior: beautifully formed head that is wide between the eyes with a slightly concave profile. The eyes are bright, clear, and kind. The nostrils are large but the muzzle small. The back is short, strong and muscular, the chest broad and the shoulders long with good slope. The tail carriage high.

Height: 145 - 158 cm. (14.2 - 15.2 hands)

Weight: 410 - 545 kg.

olour: skewbald (Tobiano).

Characteristic property: 100% Arabian blood.


The Pintabian is a graceful, animated horse that is known for its beauty, stamina, versatility and good disposition. Although Pintabians can also be registered as Pintos, they are more specifically referred to as an Arabian-type horse with spots.

A Pintabian is a horse with tobiano markings and over 99 percent Arabian blood. One of the world's newest breeds of horse, the breed became officially recognized in 1992 when the Pintabian Horse Registry was established.

Tobiano (Tobiano = tow be yah' no) is a non-symmetrical pattern of large, irregular spots. The well-defined spots cover the body randomly but cross the topline at some point between the ears and tail. The head is usually colored with the white markings (such as star, strip, blaze, snip, etc.) common to those of non-spotted horses. All four legs are generally white.

All tobianos are unique and can range from a largely white horse to that with very little white; the ideal being that which is 50% colored and 50% white.

Tobiano is a dominant spotting pattern, but to produce this type of horse, at least one parent must be a tobiano. Pintabians were developed by continually crossing tobianos back to purebred Arabians until a relatively pure strain of spotted horses with nearly 100% Arabian blood was obtained.

To quickly determine the amount of Arabian blood, add the blood percent of the stallion to the percent of Arab blood in the mare and divide by two. This manipulation of blood factoring differentiates the Pintabian from the other coloured horse registries.

One parent must be of 100% Arabian blood and the other spotted horse to be of 99.2% or higher Arab bloodlines. This combination produces a Pintabian foal, coloured or not, in the IAHA/CAHR registries as a half-arab. The rule being that one parent must be 100% Arabian blood.

This chart may help you determine the percentage of Arabian blood.
1/2 Arabian = 50% Arabian in blood
3/4 Arabian = 75% Arabian in blood
7/8 Arabian = 87.5% Arabian in blood
15/16 Arabian = 96.75% Arabian in blood
63/64 Arabian = 98.4735% Arabian in blood
127/128 Arabian = 99.21875% Arabian in blood (results in a Pintabian)

When two Pintabians are crossed with each other, the resulting foal still carries over 99% Arabian blood. Pintabian foals without the desired tobiano markings are eligible for registration as breeding stock, as they are still over 99% Arabian. Purebred Arabians may be registered as outcross horses to allow for additional bloodlines.

The Pinto gene that was added to these high-spirited animals has cooled the sometimes-fiery temperament of the Arabian.

The Pintabian horse is still known as a rare breed, with just over 300 horses being registered.

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