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!

(Photo compliments of Wikipedia)

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 Belgian

Feb. 18, 2013

Today’s Horse Facts: The Belgian



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

I imagine if I would ask you if you’ve seen a Belgian, you might say no. But it’s a safe bet that if you’ve ever seen any horses working farmers’ fields or, perhaps, pulling Conestoga wagons in movies or driving buckboards in the countryside of Amish communities, you probably saw Belgians.

Do you know where Belgians originated from? Why are they called Belgians? Let’s take our quiz and see what you know about this very special breed.

Here is your ten-question T/F quiz:

  1. The Belgian originated in the country of Belgium as far back as the time of the Caesars.
  2. History tells us that Belgians were one of the most popular horses for carrying knights into battle during Medieval times.
  3. Belgians have a high occurrence of a genetic disorder called JEB, that can cause complications and possibly death.
  4. The average Belgian can weigh over a ton.
  5. Belgians are usually of shades of brown, but they can be black too.
  6. This breed is known for its strength to pull huge weights.
  7. The Belgian is known as a “draft” horse.
  8. Belgians  are too big to ride.
  9. Belgians are known for their huge muscular necks.
  10. The largest Belgian on record, Brooklyn Supreme, weighed 3200 pounds and stood at 19.2 hands.

Here are the answers to today’s horse facts quiz. Let’s see how you did:

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  2. T
  3. T
  4. T
  5. T
  6. T
  7. T
  8. F
  9. T
  10. T

Do you realize that all the questions are true except number eight? How well do you know your Belgians? This horse breed is one of the few that I probably got the majority of the questions correct.  What amazes me is that some folks like to ride these big guys. Can you imagine how your legs would feel after you finish a ride? Wow. You’d be bowlegged forever! As for me, I’d rather stick to a smaller breed for riding, but for pulling a heavy wagon, the Belgian is the horse for me.

To learn more about this strong workhorse of a breed visit:

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Today’s Horse Facts: The Spanish Jennet

The Spanish Jennet is a beautiful refined multi-colored breed of horse.

Today’s Horse Facts: The Spanish Jennet

Old Painting of a Spanish Jennet


All right, be honest with me. Have you ever heard of the breed of horse called the Spanish Jennet? Really? I think I had years ago but then I forgot all about this breed. That might be because I haven’t been around horses for a long time, and I kind of lost interest in reading about them or learning about them. And I have never seen a Spanish Jennet in person either.

But since I’ve started this blog, I’ve learned so much about some breeds that I already knew about or I’ve learned about breeds that I never knew existed. It’s so exciting to see pictures of the different breeds and compare their colors, sizes, confirmations, and their histories.

So if you’re ready to learn about the Spanish Jennet, let’s take a ride past a farm where the owners raise some of this magnificent breed.

Here we go with our ten true/false questions:

  1. The Spanish Jennet is descended from ancient Spanish horses that can be traced back through many centuries to the horses of the Steppes of ancient Asia.
  2. This breed is four-gaited.
  3. The breed is a powerful, muscular horse.
  4. A registered Spanish Jennet horse must be at least 15 hands.
  5. This breed of horse can be any color.
  6. This “fancy” delicate horse is used mostly for parades and reining classes in shows.
  7. There are two divisions in the Spanish Jennet Horse Society: Pintado and Atigrado.
  8. The Spanish Jennet is also known as “the horse of the Middle Ages.”
  9. This breed generally has an energetic but docile (quiet) temperament.
  10. Pinto patterned gaited Paso Finos and appaloosa colored gaited Paso Finos are really what we now call Spanish Jennets.
Spanish Jennet Roan Mare


  1. T
  2. T
  3. F  They have a “refined” appearance similar to an Arabian.
  4. F  They are typically between 13.2 and 15.2 hands.
  5. F  They cannot have a grey coat and are typically pinto or appaloosa, but there can be “solid-colored progeny in both the Pintado and Atigrado portions of the registry.” ( )
  6. F  This breed is excellent for trail riding, endurance riding, cattle herding, and it is shown in all classes at horse shows.
  7. T
  8. T
  9. T
  10. T

Did you get at least seven questions correct? If you did, then you definitely know what Spanish Jennets are. Aren’t they beautiful? Have you ever ridden one? I haven’t but I sure would like to. I’d just be thrilled to be able to pet one, but I have no idea where I’d have to go in central Pennsylvaniato see a Spanish Jennet. I guess I’ll just have to admire their photos on the Internet and in books.

If you want to learn more about this special breed, check out more information at these websites:

Next time we’ll take a ride on an Icelandic Horse.

Happy riding!


Today’s Horse Facts: The Welsh Mountain Pony

The Welsh Mt. Pony is a beautiful smaller version of the Arabian.

Today’s Horse Facts: The Welsh Mountain Pony

Beautiful Welsh Mt. Stud


Horse lover, did you even know there is such a breed as the Welsh Mountain Pony? If so, do you know anything about this special breed from across the pond that not only children but adults love as well? Let’s see how well you do on today’s ten-question T/F quiz. Here we go:

Welsh Mt. Mare and Foal
  1. The Welsh Mountain Pony was bred from Arabians to give it its fine looks.
  2. This pony can only be called a Welsh Mountain Pony if it is shorter than 14 hands.
  3. These ponies are bred only for driving.
  4. They can be any color or any combination of colors.
  5. These ponies were used in coal mines in Great Britain.
  6. The breed is also called the Welsh Cob.
  7. They originated in Wales and Scotland as far back as before the 1600s.
  8. Besides working in the mines, these ponies were first used for farming and timbering.
  9. This pony came to America in the late 1800s.
  10. Its gentle temperament makes it a favorite for children to ride.

 Here are the answers to today’s horse facts quiz. Let’s see how you did:

  1. F   Although there is the distince “look” of the Arabian, which indicates a trace of Arab blood, this breed  had kept its own distinct breed characteristics over the years.
  2. F    It cannot be taller than 12.2 hands high in the U.S.A. and only 12 hands in England.
  3. F    They are bred for riding, jumping, driving, and hunting.
  4. F    They cannot be pinto or appaloosa, but four white socks are very desirable.
  5. T
  6. F   Although the terms have become interchangeable, true breed lovers know there is a distinct difference between W.M. Ponies and Cobs. The breed has four different “sections” of ponies. Cobs must be at least 13.2 hands.
  7. F   They originated in Wales and Great Britain.
  8. T
  9. T
  10. T

So, did you know much about this fantastic little breed? If you study their pictures, you will conclude that they look like miniature Arabians because of their fine features and dish-nose face. Aren’t they gorgeous?

Welsh Mt. Palomino Mare

If you want to learn more about this beautiful little breed, go to

Next time, we’ll take a ride with the Shetland Pony.

Happy riding!