American Paint Stallion

Category: Horses

Flashy coat colorings, athletic bodies, and exact pedigrees are all characteristics of the American Paint Stallion. These horses were favorites of the American Plains Indian tribes, especially the Comanche. Sometimes, the terms "Paint horse" and "pinto horse" are used interchangeably, but they are two totally different types of horses. Paint horses are spotted horses with particular blood lines. Pinto horses are simply horses with a spotted color pattern; pinto horses can be of any breed.

American Paint Stallion

American Paint Stallion

Scientific & Common Names

Genus & Species - Equus ferus caballus

Common Name - American Paint Horse


The most noticeable trait of the American Paint horse is its eye-catching color configuration. These horses are a combination of white and every color possible from the horse world. The spots can be of any size and located anywhere on the horse's body. There are three color patterns: overo, tobiano, and tovero. American Paint horses have stock horse bodies with wide chests and muscular hindquarters. Paints have refined heads and gentle, alert eyes.


Like many other breeds of horse, American Paint stallions are ready for breeding around the age of 2 years. However, most owners prefer to wait until a stallion is 3 or even 4 years old to mate him to a mare.


American Paint stallions are intelligent and eager to please. For this reason, they are quite easy to train. These horses are hard working, friendly, and affectionate. Owners use Paint horses for working cattle, pleasure riding, racing, and showing. Paint horses are also extremely common on the rodeo circuit.


When Hernando Cortes, the Spanish explorer, came to the New World in the early 1500s, he brought with him two horses with pinto markings. These were the first known horses in the Americas with such unusual color patterns. By the 1800s, horses with flashy, spotted coat patterns were common in the wild western herds. Spotted horses were also favorites with Indian tribes. In the 1960s, Paint horse enthusiasts established a registry book to promote horses with the Paint color conformation and the stock horse build. To qualify for registration with the American Paint Horse Association, a spotted horse must be the offspring of another registered Paint horse, a registered Quarter Horse, or a registered Thoroughbred.

Present Status

The American Paint Stock Horse Association started with just 3,800 horses in 1962, but it has grown to more than 250,000 horses across the world. Every year, more than 25,000 foals are added to the APSHA registry.