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We can hypothesize the beginning of the history of the Paint Horse in 1519 when the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortes sails to the American continent, taking horses with him for the journey and one of the horses has large white patches on the belly.
By crossing this piebald horse with the native Mustang horses, what will become the American Paint Horse was born
Centuries later, in the early 1800s, the western plains are populated by herds of horses, including piebald horses.
Due to their particular colors, these horses soon became the favorite horses of the Red Indians.
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Paint Horse. The Comanches…
The Comanches in particular select their piebald horses and cross them with Quarter Horses, obtaining a horse very similar to the Quarter Horse but piebald.
The Paint Horse is born, a horse with a high quality standard but, unfortunately, much of this great genetic heritage is unfortunately lost due to the persecutions suffered by Native Americans.
Paint Horse. A curiosity
A curiosity: from 1800 until the mid-1900s these piebald horses are called by different names: Pinto, Paint, Skewbald, Piebald.
Only after 1950 did the first group of people dedicate themselves to the conservation of the piebald horse and set up the “Pinto Horse Association”
Paint Horse. In 1962…
In 1962 another group of people enthusiastic about piebald horses formed an association to preserve both the color and the classic conformation of the ranch horse, creating the American Paint Stock Horse Association (APSHA), founded by Rebecca Tyler Lockhart, where the first and indispensable criterion must be “ranch horse” and the first objective is the organization of a show, inviting their acquaintances from Texas and Oklaoma to bring their Paint Horse to Junior Robertson’s, near Waurika.
A few weeks after the show, on February 16th, Mr. Lockart with 17 other people understand that something important is being born and prepare the fundamental basis for the establishment of the Race Registry.
Paint Horse. An important date
An important date: on 11 August 1962 Rebecca Tyler Lockhart registers the first certificate of an American Paint Horse: Bandits Pinto, a neo / white tobiano stallion owned by Flying M. Ranch di Mc. Kinney (Texas) sitting at her kitchen table and, with the help of friends and neighbors, publishes a newsletter and manages the correspondence of the association which, at the end of 1962, had 150 members and 250 horses
Paint Horse. In 1963…
In 1963 the association’s headquarters moved to Amarillo, Texas and, subsequently, in 1964, the headquarters moved to Fort Worth where it still has its headquarters.
Towards the end of 1964 the first Nation Show was held with 234 entries and horses from 12 countries, from which what is now the World Championship Paint Horse Show was born.
Meanwhile in Meanwhile in Abilene, Texas, another group of lovers of piebald horses organizes the American Paint Quarter Horse Association without ever reaching an important number of members and, after a few years, merges into the ASPHA, where the American Paint Horse Association (APHA).
The Paint Horse has the…
The Paint Horse has the same characteristics as the Quarter horse and is known above all for its calm and reliable nature, but also lively, strong and independent.
It is not a grumpy horse, it is calm and suitable for trotting and its particular coat is very valuable in dressage competitions.
The coat is always piebald with the characteristic spots that are distinguished in “overo”, “tobiano” and “tovero”.
The first has large white spots all over the body with a dark background, the second spots of other colors on a light background, the last is actually a cross between the first two.
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