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Spotted Draft Information Page

How do you get a Spotted Draft or Pinto Draft Horse? 

By breeding a Shire, Belgian, American Cream, Suffolk Punch, Clydesdale, Percheron or another Spotted/Pinto Draft to a horse of color that has at least 50% draft blood.....However our NASDH are registered Premium so they have at least 7/8ths draft blood.  They must meet the height requirement of over 15hands and they can't have any pony, appaloosa, mule or donkey breeding in them.



Please note that the Spotted Draft Horse and the Pinto Draft Horse are the same horse, just two different names.

A calm and sweet horse, the Pinto/Spotted Draft horses have a little more spunk than Shires and seem to be a bit more sturdy as well. These flashy drafts are sometimes referred to as the "Poor Mans Gypsy"  because their coloring resembles the Gypsy Horse, but that is where the similarity ends.  Spotted/Pinto drafts are not much less expensive, are much larger, and they don't have the extremely thick feathering to deal with. 

**Please note that they are not related to the Gypsy Horse Breeds.** 

They are immensely strong, big-barrelled horses that also have some feathering, though not nearly as much as Shires.  They are stocky, can grow to anywhere from 16 to 18 hands tall, are easy-going, with usually good dispositions, have great endurance and love working hard! 

On top of all that is their flashy coat!  Spotted drafts exhibit pinto coloring in the patterns of tobiano, overo, or tovero.  Any base color is acceptable but the most common is black, bay, or brown.  Blue eyes are acceptable and  though uncommon, can be found.  We are quite happy that our 2009 filly, April has one eye that is half blue.  Very exotic looking!   

These horses are used for the same work as Shires, including agricultural site work, driving, parades, carriages, showing, logging and riding.

There are two associations we know of that currently deal with the drafts of spotted or pinto coloring.  For more information on the breed you can go to either or both websites.  

#1. The North American Spotted Draft Horse Association (NASDHA) was  formed to preserve and promote draft horses with pinto spotting and to increase public awareness of these beautiful and rare horsesTheir website is located at  http://www.nasdha.net/

#2. The Pinto Draft Horse Registry (PDR) is a color registry formed to preserve and promote these beautiful horses of Pinto Coloring.  Find their website at  http://www.pinto-draft-registry.com/. 




Interest in Pinto/Spotted Drafts has risen strongly over the past few years.

Originally, there were no registry options for these beautiful COLORED draft horses although they  can be found throughout history.  The original Pinto drafts date back to the medieval war times where they were used as war horses.  In Queen Elizabeth's Court there was a brown and white draft believed to be a Drum Horse and they're also in her breeding program.

These spotted/pinto colored horses share a long history in the United States where they have been  traced back to the 1920's.  In the 20's as well as the 30's, these horses were used for farm labor.  The old timers simply called them "SPOTS".  The tractor took over farming operations formerly done by horses more and more in the 1940's.  This resulted in the pinto/spotted horses following the fate of other draft breeds and their population dwindled.  Luckily, interest in them has risen strongly over the past few years. 

These rare, immense horses have splendid dispositions and very  easy-going temperaments.  They exhibit a ready willingness to work, great endurance and are recognized for the important quality they possess, known as "heart".  These horses are used for agricultural work, pleasure driving and riding, trail riding, parades, showing, carriages, and logging. 

North American Spotted Draft Horse Association (NASDHA) Information


NASDHA stands for North American Spotted Draft Horse Association.  Nearly 300 members support the NASDHA throughout the US and Canada with over 4000 horses registered.  The Association was formed in 1995 to:  

  • preserve and promote draft horses with pinto spotting
  • increase public awareness of these beautiful and rare horses
  • distribute information about Spotted Drafts
  • bring interested people and breeders together
  • improve the quality of these horses and
  • record, collect & preserve the pedigrees of the Spotted Draft Horse 

The NASDHA registry is more than a color registry, there are pedigree requirements as well as color requirements to have a registered Spotted Draft Horse.

The conformation of Spotted Drafts should closely reflect the draft type they most resemble (Percheron/Belgian, Suffolk, Shire/Clydesdale , etc.).  Their frames should be large, supported by clean, dense bone with short, strong, muscled forearms and thighs, with their legs placed well under the horse.  They should have intelligent heads with active ears, and powerful, arching necks which are clean cut at the throat.  

Spotted drafts shoulders tend to be upright, suitable for power rather than action with short, strong backs and ribs that spring high from the backbone.  Their hindquarters should be long and smooth to the root of the tail, which springs higher up than other breeds.  These colorful drafts should have hip bones that are wide apart and smoothly covered, with the croup being level.  Depth and thickness from the withers to the legs are essential and should be as deep in the flank as over the heart. The average height of the spotted draft is 16hh to 17hh+.




PDR stands for Pinto Draft Registry. The registry was founded the summer of 2002 to register Draft and 1/2 Draft/Sport horses of Pinto color with emphasis on not only, ”Color and Draft but also substance building rela-tionships through exceptional personalized service and commitment to their members and their horses.  It was formed to:

  • Preserve and promote these beautiful horses of Pinto Color
  • Publish a yearly stud book
  • Distribute information about Pinto Drafts
  • Bring interested people and breeders together
  • Improve the quality of these horses
  • Record, collect, and preserve the pedigrees of the Pinto Draft and half draft/Sport horse

In the United States they can be traced as far back as the 1920’s when they were used for farming.  The old timers called them “SPOTS".  As with the other draft breeds, their population dwindled as the tractor took over the farm duties formerly completed by horses.

To get information on the Spotted/Pinto Draft horses here at O'Bannon's DunRovin' Ranch and how we came to own these great equines please feel free to head to  Our Spotteds Page.  There is also more information on our  Q&A's Page.