Paint horses are easily identified by their distinctive and colorful coats. They were once rejected by the equestrian community, but have since grown to be one of the most popular horse breeds in North America.
The majority of Paint Horses have a combination of white and another color, such as bay, black, brown, or chestnut. Palomino, buckskin, dun, cream, champagne, and roan are less common base colors.
1. Paint Horses can have different colored eyes
In the Paint Horse breed, heterochromia is not rare. Paint Horses have blue (unpigmented) eyes, whereas most horses have dark brown or amber eyes. They could have two blue eyes, one blue and one brown (heterochromia), or blue and brown eyes (central heterochromia).
2. There are white Paint Horses
Paint Horses with the primary white coat color are quite unusual. Because their base color matches their white spotting pattern, these horses are completely white.
Dominant white horses are distinguished from albinos by their unpigmented skin and dark eyes. There have never been any real albinos recorded in the species. Dominant white horses are also born healthy because they lack the Overo Lethal White Syndrome gene.
3. There are Paint racehorses
The American Paint Horse is a very adaptable breed. It’s hardly surprise that Paint Horses succeed on the racetrack, given that they are the progeny of the world’s two quickest horse breeds.
According to Horse Racing Sense, the inaugural Paint Horse race was held in 1966 by the APHA. Slow Daner, a two-year-old chestnut overo, won the first APHA National Championship Futurity in 1970.
Got Country Grip is possibly the most well-known Paint racehorse to date. The solid-colored Paint went undefeated for 16 races, but fell short of the modern world record of 17 consecutive victories set by a Thoroughbred named Silent Witness. Got Country Grip won 17 of his 21 races in total, an incredible performance
4. The Paint Horse is not just a color breed
Many people mix up the terms “pinto” and “paint,” believing that all pintos are also paint horses. That, however, is inaccurate. Any horse with white patches superimposed on a base coat color, regardless of breed, is referred to as a “Pino.”
Paint Horses, on the other hand, are a distinct breed distinguished by both color and body type.
The Paint Horse was created by crossing colorful Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse horses. The breed’s forefathers gave it the classic appearance of a western stock horse with a dash of athletic finesse.