About Us

New England Pinto Horse Association (NEPtHA) is dedicated to the promotion of the Pinto Horse Breed. NEPtHA is a Charter of the Pinto Horse Association of America, and upholds the standards they have set forth for the breed.    

About the Pinto Horse

The Breed:

The diversity of the Pinto breed can be seen in the number of recognized outcross breeds, which are separated into different types by their classifications.

Type Classifications;

Horses and Ponies;

Stock – a western horse of predominantly Quarter Horse of Paint breeding and conformation.

Hunter – a English horse generally including Thoroughbred and approved European Warmblood breeding and conformation.

Pleasure – a horse usually of Arabian, Andalusian or Morgan breeding and conformation.

Saddle – a gaited horse, possibly Saddlebred, Hackney or Tennessee Walker breeding and conformation.

 Utility types;

Gypsy – a horse of predominantly Gypsy Cob or Vanner breeding. Conformation displays a heavy build and short to moderate frame.

Drum – a horse of predominantly Gypsy crossbreeding with other draft type breeds. Conformation displays a larger, taller frame.


Miniature Horses are classified by Size, Miniature A – 34″ and under, Miniature B – Over 34″ not to exceed 38″.


Donkey’s are classified Small Standard, Standard, Large Standard


Mules are classified Mammoth Jack Stock, Miniature Mule/Hinny, Saddle Mule/Hinny and Draft Mule/Hinny


A Pinto horse must have four square inches of cumulative white in the qualifying zone and underlying pink skin. The requirement is modified with the size of the equine requiring only three square inches for ponies and two square inches for miniatures. Any Pinto that is registered with an approved outcross breed and has documented color on the outcross papers is eligible for registration.

The equines that do not meet the color requirement, but have at least two or more Pinto characteristics (blue eyes: leg white above the knee or hock; white or multi-colored hooves; collective white in the eligible zones, but not enough to quality for color; pink skin) or are registered in an approved outcross registry are eligible for our Solid Registry (Breeding Stock).

The Pattern:

Tobiano – Coat appears to be white with large flowing spots of color, often overlapping. Spots of color typically originate from the head, chest, flank and buttock, often including the tail.

Overo – Coat appears to be colored horse with white markings, Spots of white appear to be jagged and usually originate on the animal’s side or belly, spreading toward the neck, tail, legs and back. White almost never crosses the back.


For more information visit NEPtHA Rulebook