One of the most colorful examples in the equine world, the American Paint
Horse comes in a rainbow of colors and patterns! A bonus is that the
colorful exterior is just the icing on the cake, these horses are
intelligent and highly athletic, with a willing disposition and can excel at
When you think about Paints, you often associate them with American Indians,
and it is correct that these colorful animals originated with Native
Americans. In the 1800s, the plains of the west featured large herds of
free-ranging wild horses. The colorful spotted horses were a favorite of the
native Americans, especially the Commanches.
Today's Paint horses are a stock-type horse, measuring up to 16 hands tall.
They come in a variety of colors, such as roan, bay, chestnut, grey,
palomino, black, buckskin, dun, and grullo. The coat patterns are overo,
tobiano, and tovero.
These colorful equines are successfully competing in dressage, western and
english pleasure classes, jumping, reining, cutting, working cow, barrel
racing, endurance, competitive trail, 3 day eventing and much more. Many are
just wonderful companions and trail horses, who bring much joy to their
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