Paint Horse

About the Breed

The American Paint Horse was developed from a base of spotted horses with Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred bloodlines.

Paint Horses are known for their performance in Western disciplines but are also frequently used for hunt seat equitation and jumping.

While famous for their pinto colors (dark base with splashes of white), it is important to note that American Paint Horses are more than just their coloring. A horse must meet conformation standards and verified breeding to be considered a Paint Horse. A horse with "paint" markings, but not registered with the American Paint Horse Association (APHA), is instead considered a pinto.

Breeding is extremely important when it comes to Paint Horses. The APHA is the largest breed association in the United States and has strict guidelines on registering Paint Horses. There are two registration categories - one for spotted horses, and one for solid-colored horses. However, in order to be registered and be officially an American Paint Horse, at least one parent must be registered with the APHA, while the other can also be registered with the American Quarter Horse Association or Jockey Club.

Quick Facts

Height: 14.2 - 15.2 hands

Weight: 950 - 1200 pounds

Coat Colors: All colors

Markings: Tobiano, Overo, Frame, Sabino, Splashed white, Tovero

Conformation: Muscular and firm neck, short back, strong legs, and sloping shoulders. Low center of gravity and powerful hindquarters ideal.

Common Uses: All major disciplines

Temperament: Friendly and intelligent

Place of Origin: United States

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