Pampa Horse

The Pampa horse is a rare and beautiful breed that originated in the 19th century in Brazil.

Prized for their athleticism, intelligence, and good temperament, these horses are sure to delight any horse lover.

Here we will take a look at some of the key features of the Pampa horse, so if you’re interested in learning more about this amazing breed, read on!

Pampa Horse Breed Info

Here are some of the key things you need to know about the Pampa horse:

Height (size) 13.3 – 14.2 hands high
Colors Pinto patterns of white and darker coat colors
Country of Origin Brazil
Common Uses Endurance, general riding, farm work

Pampa Horse Facts & Information (Breed Profile)

The Pampa Horse is a breed of horse that combines the physical traits of gaited Brazilian horses with the pinto coat patterns.

Colored horses of various breeds, including the Mangalarga Marchador, Campolina, and various Brazilian crossbreds, served as the foundation for this breed.

As the Pampa is a breed of spotted Brazilian horses, its history starts with the introduction of this coat type in Brazil. 

Even though there is no record of a specific date for the entrance of these sorts of horses, it is thought that the color pattern was introduced with the first horses transported by Spanish colonists to South America.

It is also possible that the pattern was brought to northeastern Brazil by horses from the Netherlands that were brought there during or after the Dutch invasion in the beginning of the 17th century.

The name “Pampa” and the color “tobiano” both come from the same person – the creator of the breed Brazilian Brigadier and horse breeder Rafael Tobias de Aguiar. 

As he was traveling from São Paulo to Rio Grande do Sul with the horses he would use the name ‘Pampa’ for his horses which were originally from the Pampa biome in Rio Grande do Sul.

The people in the region quickly started calling the horses ‘Tobias’ horses’, which in time evolved into “Tobian” Horses, or cavalos Tobianos. 

This name gradually spread across South America and into North America.

Due to similarities in its physical characteristics and similarities, the Pampa Horse is sometimes mistaken for the Spotted Saddle Horse of North America.

A breed association was formed in 1993.

If you’re interested in learning more about this fascinating breed, keep reading!

Alternative Names



Intelligent, easy to train, docile

Physical Characteristics

The head is average in size, with a straight or a slightly convex profile, and big eyes.

The neck is well proportioned and muscular.

The chest is broad and deep.

The back is medium-length and strong.

The legs are muscled, and hooves are tough.


Pinto patterns of white and darker coat colors

Height (size)

13.3 – 14.2 hands high







Blood Type


Common Uses

Endurance, general riding, farm work



Popular Traits

Gaited breed, pinto color patterns



Country of Origin



Mangalarga Marchador, Campolina, different Brazilian crossbreds