American Paint Horse

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Where is the American Paint Horse from?

It is believed the American Paint developed from horses brought to North America by the Spanish Conquistador Hernando Cortes. The American Plains tribes were attracted by the colors and hardiness of these horses.

What does the American Paint Horse look like?

American Paints stand about 14-16 hands high. They are muscular horses, not too tall with powerful hindquarters. Colors include pinto markings with bay, black, brown, dun, chestnut, sorrel, buckskin, palamino, gray or roan.

The difference between Paints and pintos are more than just differing bloodlines. The Paint is a breed of horse, pinto is a coloring. A Paint can be a pinto, but a pinto cannot be a Paint. While the colorful coat pattern is essential to the identity of the breed, American Paint Horses have strict bloodline requirements and a distinctive stock-horse body type. To be eligible for registry, a Paint’s sire and dam must be registered with the American Paint Horse Association, the American Quarter Horse Association, or the Jockey Club (Thoroughbreds). At least one parent must be a registered American Paint Horse.

What are some facts about the American Paint Horse?

American Paints, because of their easy-going nature are good horses for children. They are used in ranching and perform in rodeos as well.


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