Aren’t Paints lovely? They have so much character. I really don’t need to add much to this as the picture says it all.
But did you know that the breed has been traced back to the Spanish Conquistador Cortes? One of the war horses he brought to the new world was a sorrel and white pinto.
The descendants of this horse captured the attention of the Native Americans and they found them ideal for their terrain and lifestyle.
However, it wasn’t until the late 1950’s that the Pinto Horse Association was started in the attempt to preserve the breed. And in 1965 they merged with the American Paint Quarter Horse Association to form the American Paint Horse Association.
Considering that Cortes arrived with the first of these in 1519, that seems like a long time to wait for recognition. But the first Europeans to arrive in America didn’t desire these ‘painted’ animals and it took a while for them to win their hearts and minds.
Now they are highly prized and receiving the attention they deserve for not only their spectacular markings, but their solid conformation, intelligence, and temperament.
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