Painting horses are some of the most eye-catching and captivating beautiful horses you will find. Although they are easy to look at, beauty is only a small piece of the puzzle when it comes to painting horses. They are one of the most popular horses on the planet and they have a lot to offer the equine world. Here are some of the many revealing facts you may not know about the American painting horse.
1. THEY ARE CLOSELY RELATED TO THE AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE
The American Paint Horse is actually a combination of a few different breeds of horses. When Spanish explorers arrived in North America in the 1600’s, they brought with them a mixture of Barb, Arabian and Andalusian horses. These horses are all known for their multi-tone coat colors. Later, thoroughbreds were added to the mix, as well as quarter horses. In the 1940’s and 1950’s, paintings were often only of American quarter horses that had “too much” white dye on them to be registered.