So...while searching the web for horse colors and their variations (I'm working on my Herd Allegiances), I came across what is known as overo. Upon looking at pictures of overos, I fell in LOVE with the pattern and I want to add it to Flamebreeze's design. HOWEVER, I'm not entirely sure WHAT an overo pattern is, and how to classify if my design is overo.
Are THESE horses technically overo? Or just pinto??
I'm asking, because maybe someone has a better idea on what an overo is than I do, XDDDD
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I looked it up and it says... "An overo horse has a mostly solid-colored body with white patches, which can be quite large, that do not cross the spine at any point. An overo horse's mane and tail usually are dark, while a tobiano may have white mixed in with the mane and tail color.
Hope this helps!
Yeaaah Dragon is the best one to answer that question XDDD She's the coat color expert XD I've been around horses for years and I still don't know the difference between pinto coats XD
I know I'm a bit late to this, but according to this book I have, an overo is a pinto with "dark on the top, white underneath". Like, if you look closely at the pictures you included in this post, you can see that white splotches don't actually cover the horse's back, but they can appear pretty much every where else and it kinda looks like they've been dipped in white (at least from their belly up).
Oooooh. Does that mean Mangofrost is a Tovero?
I'm pretty sure there's no just plain pinto, that's just the general term for the markings. Along with Overo, there's also Tovero,Tobiano, Splash, Piebald, Skewbald, etc. There are a bunch of names for the different sort of genetic patterns. (I think. I should really get a refresher on horse genetics XD) It looks like the last picture of the buckskin is actually a Frame Overo, but it still goes in the overo category. Frame Overo I believe is made with a slightly different gene. XD here's a fun chart I found on pinto patterns:
I LOVE the third picture! That horse is BEAUTIFUL and I've seen one in real life!
I decided I'm going to keep Flamebreeze a regular Buckskin, BUT I WILL be using the overo pattern for ANOTHER character!! :)
Also If you like overo then just use it! XD
No I just don’t normally comment or post things XD
Overo refers to several genetically unrelated pinto coloration patterns of white-over-dark body markings in horses, and is a term used by the American Paint Horse Association to classify a set of pinto patterns that are not Tobiano.
I copied this this off of Wikipedia XD
I just searched them and it seems that pintos have less but bigger patches (XD) and overo's look like that so I think your right