I'm a solid color horse person. I usually prefer solid color but am partial to face white. I do like some loud pintos but I normally prefer solid colors (cream dilutes, silver dilutes and dun factor in particular).
Of course I voted for pinto, because we raise Pintos! Not at all for wild colors, but so they can be registered with PtHA because we really enjoy their horse shows! After all, one of our pintos looks like a solid gray. We really enjoy showing where the "big boys" show, as we feel it helps to promote the breed and expand the market for any foals we might be lucky enough to produce.
I like it that you specified that everything ELSE would be equal, because I would not make a choice based only on color/pattern!
I voted pinto, because I AM partial to painted horses, IF they have a pleasing pattern(I don't care for mostly white,or those with pink skin around the eyes, for instance-and I want one whose 'shape perception' is not adversely affected by where pattern may 'break'--this can be quite tricky, actually, and can be true to some extent of ANY spotting pattern, IMO). Add me also to those who've said they like solid w/ chrome(again, though, I REALLY don't want pink skin around the eyes, so a nice wide blaze, sabino bald face, etc., would probably suit me just fine---IF all the other aspects were in place! (Should add, in these times, though, that I would NOT EVEN CONSIDER having the skin around the eye 'tattooed', for ANY reason...)
Solid color please...oooohhh but please make sure we have four white socks and white on the face please!! I think that sometimes pinto patterns give optical illusions to the eye and can make a nice horse look not so great and vice versa. If it is going to be pinto, please be a frame overo or minimally marked tobi!!
Dream horse.....bay or silver bay (very rich shade) with 4 whites a blaze and blue eyes!!