Frisian horse breed
Profile Baroque Pinto
|Height:||150 – 162 cm|
|Features:||strong, baroque physique, broad chest, short back and rounded croup, noble head on well-muscled neck, luxuriant mane, long tail|
|Coat colour:||Overo and Tobiano checks|
|Character:||friendly, willing to learn, balanced, reliable|
|Pace:||high knee action, expressive, swinging and elegant|
|Spread:||Western Europe, main breeding areas are Germany and the Netherlands|
|Suitable for:||Dressage and show riding, leisure riding|
Barockpinto is a relatively young horse breed originating from Friesland. The crossing of Frisian mares with Old Gelderland pinto in the 1950s resulted in an exceptional type of horse, which quickly found many admirers outside the Netherlands because of its beauty. The progenitor of the Baroque Pintos is the stallion Bonte Nico, who was known for his striking pinto. The word “pinto” contained in the name means in Spanish “painted, pied” and refers to the most important breeding characteristic of the breed, namely the black and white markings of the beautiful horses. All quadrupeds from the Pintos family must meet special requirements regarding the coat pattern in order to be recognized as such. For example, if an animal has only one spot in its coat with a colour different from the basic colour, it must be able to show a spot of at least 500 cm². Horses with pure black coat can also be entered in the stud book. For this, however, white markings with a diameter of at least ten centimetres must be visible in at least two places.
The beautiful pinto horses, colloquially known as “colourful Frisians”, are very similar in appearance to warmbloods and other Friesian horses. The “baroque” in the name “baroque pinto” refers to their baroque physique. They typically have a square body and a noble head with small ears and beautiful large eyes. Characteristic are also the strong neck, a broad chest and a pronounced muscling on the hindquarters. The colour of the quadrupeds is black and white and shows an Overo or Tobiano check. Apart from a long tail and a flowing mane, a lush pooch coat is also typical for Baroque Pinto horses.
Loyal companions for leisure and sport riders
Baroque pintos are not only visually convincing, they are also highly appreciated by riders because of their uncomplicated character. They are characterized by their friendly nature and their balanced temperament. At the same time, horses of this breed are considered to be extremely willing to perform and have strong nerves. These characteristics make them true all-rounders. Whether for driving or vaulting, for recreational or dressage riding, Baroque Pintos can be used in many ways. The Friesian blood gives the horses an expressive, swinging gait as well as a high knee action. This makes them appear very graceful and they cut a good figure even during the difficult lessons of the high school.
Did you know? For breeding baroque pintos nowadays, besides Frisians, other baroque horse breeds such as Lusitanos, Andalusians, Hispano-Arabians or Berbers are used.