Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Paint is a breed and pinto is just a color term. As far as I'm concerned though, for description purposes, the terms "pinto", "skewbald" and "piebald" should be thrown out the window.
For example, I would never tell people I have a pinto Paint. I would tell people I have a black tovero Paint. To be even more technical, I have a black tobiano splashed white Paint, but shortening it to tovero is a little easier and let's people know she's displaying tobiano and at least 1 of 3 overo patterns.
Paint as a breed is a little confusing though, because the term was basically invented to describe Quarter Horses with pinto markings. As time has progressed, we've developed the Paint breed to be moreso it's OWN breed as opposed to just a QH with pinto markings. I believe the AQHA is also taking steps to acknowledge the difference and start allowing pinto QH's to be registered instead of lumping them in with Paint's.
For example, my Paint filly is mostly Quarter Horse bloodlines. She has ancestors that were only registered as Paint because they were QH's that suddenly displayed pinto markings.
And now of course you can have solid Paints as well, although in a lot of cases there's a GOOD chance they're hiding a pinto gene anyway and it will show on future generations.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.