About American Paint Horses
American Paint Horses were developed from spotted horses
with Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred bloodlines. This combined both the
conformational characteristics of a western stock horse with a pinto spotting
Color patterns differentiate the American Paint Horse from
other stock-type breeds. Each horse has a unique combination of white and any
one of the colors of the equine rainbow: black, bay, brown, chestnut, dun,
grulla, sorrel, palomino, gray or roan.
The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) breed registry
is now one of the largest in North America. While American Paint Horse are
known for a colorful coat pattern, the registry has strict bloodline
requirements and a distinctive body type. To be eligible for registry, a Paint
must come from stock registered with the American Paint Horse Association, the
American Quarter Horse Association, or the Jockey Club (Thoroughbreds).
The result is an intelligent stock-type horse that is
extraordinarily versatile, powerful and athletic with unequaled beauty. Paints
are stockier and more powerfully muscled than some other light horse breeds.
Though generally short-coupled, strong-boned, and well-balanced, American
Paints also exhibit exceptional refinement and beauty, especially about the
head and neck.