American Paint Horse Breed Profile
History Of The American Paint Horse
The "Paint Horse" is descended from Spanish horses brought over to the US and was a popular horse with the American Indians who used the American Paint Horse as a war horse. The American Paint Horse is not strictly a breed but to qualify for registry as a Paint Horse, horses must come from Quarter Horse, US Thoroughbred, or Paint Horse breeding with at least one parent being a Paint Horse and must be of stock-type conformation.
Height Of The American Paint Horse
The American Paint Horse can be up to 16 hh.
Colour Of The American Paint Horse
American Paint Horses exist in any colour, such as black, bay, brown, chestnut, dun, palomino, etc with varying amounts of white forming a pattern over the body. There are two types of white pattern: Overo with bold white head markings, irregular scattered coloured patches and often with dark legs and Tobiano where the head is coloured (with the exception of normal white markings eg a blaze, star, etc), the coloured patches are regular, oval or round and at least all of the lower legs are white. However, horses can also show characteristics of both types of pattern together and these horses are called "Tovero".
Breed Characteristics Of The American Paint Horse
The American Paint Horse has stock type conformation, being athletic and muscular.
Temperament Of The American Paint Horse
American Paint Horses are intelligent, willing and sensible.
Uses Of The American Paint Horse
The American Paint Horse is used as a general riding horse (english and western), for ranch work, rodeo, trail riding, US racing, showing, jumping, dressage, driving.