I get this question on all our bald face mares and stallions that have come out of our main stallion Ferrands Triple K Ivan. And I always get to say, "No. They are tobianos that were just born that way. Ivan has a 50/50 chance of doing this to his children it seems. " Then they ask if Ivan is a overo and again no.
So to help out potential buyers and breeder I tell you this, just beacause it's has a bald face or a Medicine-Hat dose not make it over. Just because it has white socks and a white nose doesn't mean its a splash white. So do not buy unless the seller can give you a genetics report on the horse or its parntes proving what they say.
Sellers are now clamming anything as overo when it truly is not. And a big warning sign is that they say its positive for Overo but negative for Lethal white, be warned that this is impossible! It may not be the sellers fault, they may not know that you can not have the overo gean without lethal white. The overo gene is what causes the lethal white. If the horse is advertised as overo without lethal white and has been DNA to show this then know that it is not an over. To hear more on Overo and lethal whites you can contact one of the biggest breeders in the mini world USA, LTD Quarter and Mini Overo Horses, or the Florda Genetics Lab. Any color breeder that is concerned with quantity
and not quality with years of breeding experience is also a good place to start. But be aware
So the best thing to do is to do your homework when you are breeding for color and make sure your not getting charged for something your not getting or can't be proven.
I find this article provided by the APHA to be very accurate. Do keep in mind that there isn't a difference between Miniatures and Large horses when it comes to color, pattern, and color Genetics.
Question from an owner of one of our stallions: So what pattern(s) is Ziggy? I was going to get him tested before we breed him to the new mare this summer. When I was comparing him to other horse (google) I get tovero. Thanks Jenny