Traditional paint horses have tobiano, overo, or tovero patterns. Solid colored animals without a color pattern are called “breeding stock”.
Tobianoes have a dark and white pattern that includes four white legs. Their spots are normally distinct ovals or round shapes. Head markings may include: snips, blaze, strip, star or none. They will have a distinct dark and white pattern and can br predominantly either color. The dark color often covers the neck and chest like a shield and also one or both flanks. Tail and mane are often two colors.
Overoes also have a dark and white pattern; generally over the saddle area is dark. At least one leg will be dark colored and possibly all four. The white looks like they were splashed with paint. Overoes have distinct head markings that include: bald, apron, or bonnet-faced. Tails are usually one color. They may be predominantly white or dark colored.
Toveroes will have one or two blue eyes. Chest pattern spots will be in varying sizes and extend up the neck. Often the dark color on the head will include the ears forehead and eyes. They have an assortment of ark pigmentation will be found over the entire horse.