Today’s Horse Facts: The American Paint Horse

Are Paint horses and Pintos the same breeds?

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The American Paint Horse: A Horse of a Different Color

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!

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.”

(Ps.119:11)

 

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 Pinto

the pinto

How many of you have ever ridden a Pinto horse? I’ve had several Pintos in my horse life. Two of their names were Moon Doggie and Susie. (Isn’t Susie  a dumb name for a horse? That was her name when I bought her.)

A Pinto horse has a coat color that consists of large patches of white and any other color. The distinction between “pinto” and “solid” can be tenuous, as so-called “solid” horses frequently have areas of white hair. Various cultures throughout history appear to have selectively bred for pinto patterns. Let’s see how you do in today’s T/F quiz:

  1. Many breeds of horses carry pinto patterns.
  2. Pinto patterns are visually and genetically distinct from the leopard complex spotting patterns characteristic of horses such as the Appaloosa.
  3. The word “pinto” is a Spanish word literally meaning “painted” and also “dappled” or “spotted.”
  4. Piebald is any pinto pattern on a black base coat.
  5. The most common type of Pinto is the tovero.
  6. Overo essentially means “pinto,” but not tobiano.
  7. The Pinto breed was recognized in the United States in 1963.
  8. The U.S. has the greatest number of Pinto horses in the world.
  9. Breeders are not very selective in colors, and they commonly cross the two patterns.
  10. Any pinto pattern can be on any base coat other than black. As chestnut and bay are the most common base coat colors, skewbalds are most often chestnut and white or bay and white.

Let me know if you got at least eight of these questions correct. If so, then you are an Pinto horse expert! Here are the answers:

  1. T
  2. T
  3. T
  4. T
  5. F   The Tobiano is the most common.
  6. T
  7. T
  8. T
  9. F  Breeders are very selective in colors and usually do not cross two patterns.
  10. T

the pinto 2

Well, do you know your horse facts about Pinto horses? If you want to learn more, look up these other websites for you to check up on additional facts about the beautiful Pinto horse breed:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinto_horse

http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/pinto_horse.aspx

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/pinto-horse-facts.html

(All information in this blog is referenced from the above websites)

Happy riding!

Marsha

http://www.marshahubler.com

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A blue-ribbon horse and a boy with Down syndrome teach Skye the meaning of love. Joey Klingerman is one of the most loving kids you could ever meet, but Skye would welcome a lot less of his affection. This is Joey’s second summer at Keystone Stables, and the outgoing boy has latched onto Skye as his ‘girlfriend.’ Skye finds his attention embarrassing and frustrating. To add to the frustration, Joey won’t stop pestering Skye to let him ride her horse, Champ. Skye won’t even consider it. No one rides Champ but her. What does God want her to learn about loving others—including Joey? With the Snyder County Horse Show drawing near, Skye is about to find out.

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