Today’s Horse Facts: The American Paint Horse

Are Paint horses and Pintos the same breeds?

The American Paint Horse: A Horse of a Different Color

(Photo compliments of Wikipedia)

Overo Paint

The American Paint Horse is a splashy equine that turns heads in his direction. When a Paint prances by, whether the onlookers are horse lovers or not, they will stand in awe because of the horse’s stunning colors.

You might think, Oh, I know all about Pintos. They’re spotted horses. That idea is a common error because Paints and Pintos are two separate breeds.

The American Paint Horse is a western stock horse that stands between 14.2 and 16.2 hands with spots or “patches” of white and dark colors and must have either Quarter Horse or Thoroughbred parents. Also, because that horse must have a specific body shape and size to be registered, the American Paint Horse is a “horse” breed as well as a color breed. It’s not surprising that Paints are one of the most popular horses in the United States.

So, where did Paints get their start?

The first known record of any “two-colored” horses in America happened in 1519, when the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortes brought two horses described as having pinto markings on his voyage. Somehow over time, probably by trading, the flashy horses became favorites of American Indians, in particular the Comanche tribe. (Paint horses have been found in drawings sketched or sewn on buffalo robes.) By the early 1800s, horses with Paint coloring were well-populated throughout the West.

Throughout the 1800s and into the mid-1900s the two-or-three-toned horses were called pinto, paint, skewbald and piebald. Then in the early 1960s, interest grew in preserving and promoting horses with paint coloring and stock horse builds, so in 1965 the American Paint Horse Association formed. Today, you’ll find the American Paint Horse in practically every traditional stock-horse western event as well as a variety of other riding disciplines.

Most Paints are a splashy combination of either black and white or different shades of brown and white. Over the years, so many different combinations of colors have been bred that the American Paint Horse Association divided Paints into two different categories: overo and tobiano. The best way to remember the difference is that overos look like white horse that have been “painted” with brown spots. Tobianos look like dark horses with white patches painted on their coats. Whether marching in a parade or just jogging down a wooded trail, this spotted horse with its dashing variety of colors always draws smiles from so many fans. He’s certainly a horse of a different color!

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Tobiano Paint

If you’re a Christian who’s not ashamed to tell others about Jesus, do your friends think you’re really “different?”  Do you agree to do good deeds and help others? Do you say no when someone suggests you do something against what God would want you to do?  If you’ve made up your mind to stand for Christ and live for him, then you can be just like the American Paint Horse and be a “horse of a different color.”

“Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee.”



PRAYER: Dear God, please help me to be different for you when I’m around those who want to do wrong. Give me the courage to say yes to what’s right and no to what’s wrong. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

SADDLE UP! (What would God have you do now?)

Are there some activities you know God would not want you to do with your friends? Ask God to help you say no.

Take your ride: (Do you know?) Paint horses with black spots are called “piebalds.” Paints with any other colored spots are called “skewbalds.”

Dismount and cool down your horse! (Do you know?) “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference” (Romans 3:22 NIV).


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Today’s Horse Facts: The American Paint

The American Paint Horse is a beautiful two or three colored breed of horse.


( All facts taken from the websites cited at the end of the post)

Did you know that Pintos and Paints are two different horse breeds? The American Paint is a breed of horse that combines the conformation of a western stock horse with a pinto of white and dark coat colors. Do you know if you have ever ridden a Paint or a Pinto? Let’s see how you do in today’s T/F quiz:
1.   The American Paint Horse was developed from a base of spotted horses with Quarter Horse and Morgan bloodlines.
2.   The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) breed registry is now one of the fastest-growing in North America.
3.   The first known recorded description of early Paints in the New World was with Cortes in 1519.
4.   A Tobiano is the most common pattern, which looks like a white horse with dark spots.
5.   The Overo is always white with black markings.
6.   Paint horses can not be palomino and white.
7.   Since 1942 over one million Paints have been registered.
8.   A pinto differs from a Paint only due to bloodlines.
9.   A solid colored foal of two registered Paint parents, called “Solid Paint-Breds” or “Breeding Stock Paints,” can be registered.
10.  There are APHA members in more than 59 nations and territories in the world.

Let me know if you got at least eight of these questions correct. If so, then you are an American Quarter Horse expert! Here are the answers:
1. F   They were developed with Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred bloodlines.
2. T
3. T
4. T
5. F   The Overo can be be any shade of dark with white, with more dark than white.
6. F   Paint Horses can have a combination of white and any other color in the equine spectrum.
7. F   Since 1962 over a million have been registered.
8. T   However, it must have registered American Quarter Horse, American Paint Horse, or Thoroughbred parents.
9. T   With certain restrictions
10. T

Well, do you know your horse facts about Paint Horses? If you want to learn more, look up these other websites for you to check up on additional facts about the beautiful Paint Horse breed:
Happy riding!

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