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There are four main breed types of pinto horses, including the stock type, the hunter type, the saddle type and the pleasure type. Discover how stock pintos are associated with ranch work, as well as other characteristics, with help from the owner of a horse training and riding facility in this free video on pinto breed horses.
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Hi I am Tim Wigren, owner and operator here at Command Performance in Ridgefield, Washington. I am here to talk to you about the characteristics of the four main breed types of Pintos. There is the stock type, the hunter type, the saddle type, and the pleasure type. This horse we have here is she is a two year old paint Pinto, she is representative of the stock type. As you will note looking at her she has a generally a stocky body, a heavier build, little bit heavy legs on her, good size chest, nice deep girth on her, deep belly, and large hind quarters, very solid legs, as well as she has got nice large hooves. Stock type horses are commonly associated with ranch work, working cow horse, heavy reigning work, and also in the show ring western pleasure, and hunter work. They are a little bit larger, bigger bodied, their head is not as refined, but it is still very pretty, and very pleasant, and very appealing to the person who wants to breed the stock type horse. Our next example we are going to be showing is the hunter type. This horse here is a half paint, and half thoroughbred. A hunter type is a horse who has a hunter influence through a thoroughbred, Hanoverian or any other warm blood mixed with a Pinto or a paint. This horse is a longer, very angular, very svelte looking, and very, very athletic. He's trim, he is built to do long work, he is built to do everything from jumping, to three day eventing, to dressage, and to pleasure work. He is very characteristic with his eye, his head is very, very long, very athletic, very sinewy features. And now we are going to talk about the saddle type horse. Saddle type Pintos are just that. They are derived from the saddle break influence, which is most noticeably the physical characteristic as well as the movement, and the animation. You will easy know a saddle bred as they have a very high head carriage, they also have a very long sinewy body, very, very long athletic legs. You will also notice that their body is much more svelte, very narrow, they are built for long distance working. Saddle bred influence actually was originated from the confederate army as they were used as war horses. These were horses that were developed for lots of riding, for comfort, and of course in the show ring we use them for animation and for fun. They also carry some of the characteristics, saddlebreds are notoriously very tall, they tend to be very, very athletic, as well as saddlebreds tend to be very, very animated in their movement. Those are qualities we really seek to enhance. If you will notice that this horse is also wearing a little bit different shoe, little bit heavier shoe, he's not wearing very much for an American saddle bred, but it is a lot more than we would be putting on a pleasure type horse, a hunter horse or definitely a stock type horse. As you come around you will notice the size. One of the big things in saddlebreds is often said they look down upon the world. And they definitely have a look all their own. Saddle bred influence, and the saddle type influence, which also extends to Morgans, and or Tennessee walkers. Many of these horses carry the same characteristics. High head, very animated movement, lots of fun. And the final type of Pinto that we will be talking about is the pleasure type. The pleasure type Pinto is predominantly horses of Arabian background or Morgan background mixed with Pinto. This horse is an example of a half Arabian and a half Pinto. He shows lots of the characteristics. The high set Arabian neck, very, very pretty eyes, very soft features in the face. That is very characteristic of the Arabian as well as he is very long, sinewy, refined, nice deep shoulder, curiosity to everything, he has a big body, very, very solid build, very long lets, good size hoof. You will also notice one thing he is carry approximately the same amount of shoe as the saddle bred. His type of a job is very similar to the saddlebreds. He is a high trotting horse, very, very common in the half Arabian Pinto world. You will also notice he is very long in the body, but he also can flatten out in his body. He has a naturally high tail carriage, and as a pleasure type horse he actually has to wear just an ordinary tail. A saddle type horse, a stock type horse, even a hunter horse may wear a false tail. But a pleasure type horse i.e. a half Arabian can not. He also has shows one of the other breed characteristics in that you will note he has ears that are very expressive, and very shapely. These are some of the things that we are looking for. We want to see these characteristics very, very present in a pleasure type horse. We want to see an adherence to breed type. Not just in the saddle type, not just in the pleasure type, but in all four types of horses.
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