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Bobbie and her parti-colored (having more than one color) horse family were often referred to as Indian horses. Native Americans and the spotted horse are part of the American West in fact and legend. Fact, Native Americans valued the horse both for spiritual attributes and for its camouflage coloring, a distinct advantage in a war horse. Legend, the movie history as depicted in hundreds of western sagas. Fact, the Pinto arrived early in our culture when Hernando Cortezbrought 16 Pintos to Mexico from Spain in 1519, but this was lte in the lengthy history of this special horse. Painting .he parti-colored horse found on cave walls of primitive man are estimated to be as old as 20,000 B.C. before the horse was domesticated. The Pinto appears on murals in an Egyptian king's tomb dated 1400 B.C. The painted horse has continued to appear in paint- ings, carvings and literature throughout history. With such an impressive history, why do we still have to ask is the horse a Pinto, or is it a Paint, or is it both? Part of the confusion is that Pintos and Paints are not actually a breed, rather a color found in a number of different breeds. Therefore, there is no defined standard for conformation, height, performance or temperament. However, American devotees of the colorful equines have established several registries and are developing standards. The Pinto Horse Association (PtHA) was founded in 1947, and incorporated in 1956, with the goal of encourag- ing "the promotion of quality wth color horses and pomes, in addition to establishing pedigree, registry and owner- ship records." " Color is the key to PtHA registry which accepts all breeds of parti-colored horses including horses of un- known ancestry. The PtHA classifies both horses and ponies in four categories: stock, hunter, saddle and plea- sure. Stock-type Pinto are western horse types with Quarter Horse breeding or conformation. Ponies in this category have Quarter Horse type conformation or are of the Shet- land Pony type. This classification contains the majority of the registry horses. Hunter-type Pintos are English horses usually of Thor- oughbred or Standardbred breeding or conformation. Po- nies reflect the Thoroughbred or Connemara confirmation. Saddle-type Pintos have Saddlebred, Tennessee Walker, Hackney and other gaited horse breeding or con- firmation. The pony displays the above horses' carriage and action. Pleasure-type Pintos are growing in demand and are the fastest growing category in the registry. They are of Arabian and Morgan breeding or confirmation. Ponies have the conformation of the Arabian, Morgan or the Welsh Pony. Due to the large diversity of its registry, the National PtHA shows will feature up to 300 different classes in which horses, ponies and Miniature Horses compete. The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) formed in 1965 to register parti-colored horses of Quarter Horse or Thoroughbred breeding. They register stock-type animals taller than 14 hands ( a hand is four inches). Bobbie wasn't registered, but using these standards .....  . . . .,,  - .. PAHRUMP VALLEY TEMPORARY , LABOR SERVICE she was a Pinto. A stock-type, standing about 15.2, she was also a Paint. In addition, Bobbie was a Tobiano, although none of us knew the term. Tobiano is a term used to describe one type of Pinto or Paint color pattern and being dominant is the most com- mon. A tobiano horse is basically solid-colored with four white legs and a head that is similar to a solid color horse, dark and may have a white face marking. A tobiano has regular, rounded white spots with even borders that tend to cross over the back of the horse. Often there is a large "shield-like" area of solid color on the chest and underside of the neck. Overo is the term used to describe the second color pattern which is recessive so less common. Unlike the tobiano, the overo horse usually has four solid colored legs except for common leg markings. It may have a bonnet, a marking that covers the ears and poll and encircles the neck at the throat (referred to as a "medicine hat" overo). Often an overo is bald faced, a wide blaze that covers both eyes or it may be apron- faced with white marking that extends beyond the ears and under the chin. Blue eyes are fre- quently seen in the overo with extensive white facial markings. Overo spotting usually comes up from the belly and rarely crosses the back. The white areas are mostly irregular with uneven edges. The parti-colored horses are enjoying great popular- ity. And, no wonder. With so many types and each unique, there is a Pinto or Paint to suit a variety of horse lov- ers. Horses of color are even making inroads in sport horse shows traditionally filled with elegant Thor- oughbreds of bay, chestnut and gray. One thing for sure, they catch the eye of the judge for better or worse. Better was all we ever saw in our beloved Bobbie. A horse loved and trained by my grandmother who gave it to a daughter-in-law she adored. A horse who belonged to all of us, A cher- ished family horse who was both teacher and friend to the flock of children. We never cared if she was a Pinto or a Paint. We know she was wonderful, our brown and white horse. All '96 Watercraft $ 100 over invoice 727-4144 Pahrump Valley Gaz ..... thursday, July 3, 1997 7 :!:i::!!i: i)::. z:,:+:+:, Wayne's Convenience Store & Gas Station EXXON Smoke a Cadillac at Ford prices All Marlboro Cigarettes Lunch Special Hot Dogs 2/$1.00 Bagged Ice 99 Prices good through July 7th Ken Noland . 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