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Horse Articles :: Horse Breed Glossary - O

Horse Breed Glossary - O


A breed developed between 1775 and 1784, the Orlov Trotter was dveloped by A.G. Orlov at Khrenov stud. The breed came from crossing Arabian horses with Mecklenburg, Dutch and Danish harness breeds. Evolution under the natural conditions that are characteristic of Russia, including flood plains and stables means that Orlov trotter is a breed that is adaptable to many conditions.

Orlov Trotter's are used as draught horses, for utility horses and as a pleasure or competition horse. When used in breeding, the Orlov Trotter is used as the principal improver of smaller, native horses of the former Soviet Union.

Orlov Trotter has a well proportioned head with a long neck and muscular back. Their measurement is about 162 cm at the withers and a body length of 164 cm. Orlov Trotter colors are grey, chestnut, black or bay.

The Orlov breed is extremely fertile and the breed has a long life span.


American Paint Horses are required to have bloodline and distinctive body types by the registry. A paint must come from horses that are registered with either the American Paint Horse Association, the Jockey Club, or The American Quarter Horse Association. Paint horses are intelligent and versatile, beautiful and very athletic. Although they are a light horse breed, paints are quite muscled and stockier. They are refined, and carry their head and neck with elegance despite being short-coupled. The color patterns are what visually distinguish a paint horse from other breeds. There is a very unique combination of white and another color from the equine rainbow.

Sometimes, people mistakenly refer to pinto horses as paint horses. The difference is that Pinto's can actually be any breed and Paints are registered with the American Paint Horse Association and must be able to prove their parentage to one of the three previously mentioned registries, in addition to meet minimum color requirements.

Paint horses are categorized by color patterns:

Tobiano Pattern: horses have head marketings like solid colored horses. For example, they may have a solid color head, or a head with a blaze, star, or stripe. All four of a tobiano's legs are usually white below the knees. Spots are oval or round and tails are usually a solid color.

Overo Pattern: horses are either white or predominantly dark. The white will not cross the back of the horse between the horses tail and withers. At least one, but often all 4 lets will be dark colored. The markings are usualy scattered and the tail is typically a single color.


Palomino's have been treasured for years and are part of Greek mythology. In order for a horse to be part of the Palomino Horse Breeders of America, the horse must stand somewhere between 14 and 17 hands tall and be the color of a US 14 karat gold coin. Skin of Palomino's is typically grey, brown or black and without pink skin. Mane and tails of Palomino's must be white, with less than 15% dark hairs.

Palomino's are divided into 3 different divisions. Stock type of Palomino horses are western horses mostly represented by Quarter Horses. Golden American Saddlebred type of Palomino's are represented mostly by Saddlebreds and the pleasure division of Palomino's includes Morgan, Tennessee Walking Horses and Arabian.

Palominos that are registered in one of the following 7 horse associations, and those that meet the color requirements, are eligible for registration and participation in the PHBA: American Quarter Horse Association, American Morgan Horse Association, American Saddlebred Horse Association, International Arabian Horse Association, Arabian Horse Registry, Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and exhibitors Association and the Jockey Club.


Also known as Poconeano, the Pantaneiro is home in Mato Grosso, Brazil. Most are gray in color, with some bay or black or brown. There are temporary flood conditions often found within the Pantanal region that the Pantaneiro breed has adapted well to. Pantaneiro horses are resistant to equine Infectious Anemia which makes them the selected horse for swampy areas in their homeland.

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