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A Tovero colored mare with Two blue eyes and a black "shield" on her face.

The Tovero (also known as Tobero)[1] coloration is a mix of tobiano and overo colorations in Pinto horses and American Paint Horses. The genetics of pinto coloration are not always fully understood, and some horses have a combination of patterns that does not fit cleanly in either category.

A tovero horse with blue eyes and "Medicine hat" markings.

Some characteristics of a Tovero colored horse include:

  • Dark pigmentation around the ears, sometimes called a "Medicine Hat" or a "War bonnet"
  • Dark pigmentation around the ears, expanding to cover the forehead and/or eyes.
  • Isolated "shield" dark markings completely surrounded by white, particularly on the face or chest.
  • One or both eyes blue.
  • Dark pigmentation around the mouth, which may extend up the sides of the face and form spots.
  • Chest spot(s) in varying sizes. These may also extend up the neck.
  • Flank spot(s) ranging in size. These are often accompanied by smaller spots that extend forward across the barrel, and up over the loin.
  • Spots, varying in size, at the base of the tail.


  1. ^ PHAA[permanent dead link] Retrieved on 13 January 2009

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