Lesley Neuman: The First Touch Gentling Your Mustang $45.00
Lesley works with 3 wild horses at a BLM adoption, and very clearly explains what is happening, what she is doing, & what she sees in each horse as it progresses. Study this video and you can learn "pressure and release" gentling techniques to gentle your own new mustang!
Help for Burro adopters! Crystal Ward Donkey Training
All the basics of gentling, handling, and training. A MUST for new burro adopters! Good for domestic donkeys, too!
PMU Foal showing Tovero characteristics
Mustang mare from Carter Reservoir HMA
Mayson, owned by Jessica Young of Windsor, CA
Mustangs with both Tovero characteristics
has both Tobiano and Overo Characteristics, with a preponderance of white.
The American Paint Horse Association defines Tovero as:
Dark pigmentation around the ears, which may expand to cover the forehead and/or eyes.
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.
These "Other Pinto" types are not known to have their own genes, but are mixed or extreme expressions of the other known genes.
is a term used for color patterns that appear to be a cross or blending of Tobiano and any of the Overo family of patterns. This is entirely possible genetically, since all of the pinto genes are dominant.
There are 3 main types of Tovero:
Frame Overo + Tobiano
Sabino + Tobiano
Splashed White + Tobiano
Tovero-Medicine Hat mustang at BLM adoption in Tennessee. Photo: Sandra Schluter
TOVERO is characterized by extensive white over most of the body.
Tovero is a term used to describe horses with both Tobiano and Overo characteristics, or any spotted horse that does not fit clearly into either Frame Overo, Sabino, Splash, or Tobiano classification.
The most common factor is a bald or extended white face with a tobiano pattern.
Another form of Tovero is mostly white, with only a little color on the flanks, ears, chest and muzzle. Extreme Tovero, like Extreme Sabino, is pure white, or nearly so.
Extreme White (Tovero or Sabino) weanling at BLM adoption in Yuba City, CA Most foals that are born 100% white and live past the first week are Extreme Tovero or Extreme Sabino.
Tovero can be tricky to identify.
Tovero Mare with tested Frame foal (the laciness of the spotting would seem to be sabino, but she tested Frame)- Shelli Jozwiak)
MEDICINE HAT is an "Extreme" pinto pattern.
Richard & Natalie Hatfield's Medicine Hat "Dusty Spring" Dusty wears her shield on her hindquarters!
The Medicine hat is an extreme white pinto that has a "bonnet" over the ears and a chest "shield". These pintos were once believed by certain Native American groups to have special magic powers to protect the rider from harm. Usually associated with Frame Overo, the Medicine Hat pattern can also come from Tobianos (rarely), Toveros and Sabinos. Medicine Hats are similar to a pattern called the "War Bonnet" (the bonnet covers more area).
Medicine Hat-type overo at a BLM adoption in Roseville, CA
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