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post #1 of 29 Old 12-23-2009, 02:52 PM Thread Starter
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Question Do Paint horses move differently than Quarters?

I recently heard an interesting topic of discussion. I heard from several local horsepeople that a Paint horse moves differently and runs differently than a Quarter horse. I wondered if it were true.
I recently bought a registered paint horse and was wondering why she moves different in the hindquarters. I attributed it to lack of muscling and a slightly goosey rumped conformation along with poor balance and coordination being as that she is 5 and green broke. I have always had quarter horses and am wondering if this is true that Paint horses move different. Some people won't even run their paints against quarters in barrel races around here due to this difference in gait. Would be interested in hearing what other people think on this moving subject.
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post #2 of 29 Old 12-23-2009, 03:00 PM
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personally yes, I think that they do move different.
All breed's move different probably.
But I find that my dad's Paint, has a smoother gait compared to my dad's QH.
But I don't see why some people wouldnt want their paints up against a QH?
I don't know.. I think ill leave this to other people.
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post #3 of 29 Old 12-23-2009, 03:01 PM
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I don't know about that... but my paint has LOVELY movement..
I've been told by many people he can be a great dressage horse and jumper. :] So if I paint can do that.. no problems there!
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post #4 of 29 Old 12-23-2009, 03:09 PM
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Well, just my opinion, but..
A Paint is just a Quarter with all kinds of different markings.

But, they may move differently.
My Paint moves like a Quarter.
Every horse has a different movement.
Like the personality of a horse.
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post #5 of 29 Old 12-23-2009, 03:32 PM
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This is utter nonsense. They have no 'difference in gait'. Some pleasure horses are bred to move slow and soft, barrel racers tend to be quick and sometimes choppy, but a western pleasure QH and paint move the same--just like a barrel QH and Paint run the same.

Take it from me--I went to equine school for western events and they had over 300 QHs and Paints there--I've seen a lot. ;)

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post #6 of 29 Old 12-23-2009, 03:45 PM
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They certainly could have difference in gait, depending upon their breeding.

But most paints are qh bred, close in the lines, so there shouldnt be a big difference btwn a stock horse build paint and a qh. My paint moves alot like a qh, and my 3/4 qh moves alot like a tb. Even inside the qh breed, some horses move like wp horses, while other like dressage horses naturally.
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post #7 of 29 Old 12-23-2009, 03:59 PM
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It pretty much comes down to conformation. There is a way to tell how a horse will move (at least gaited ones ) by comparing the angles between the point of hip, stifle, point of pelvis in the rear and top of shoulder, elbow, point of shoulder in the front and a bunch of other complicated angles. I'm sure it holds true in all horses as to whether they will have a smooth or choppy trot etc.

Here's a book excerpt that explains what I mean- http://books.google.com/books?id=KLI...stifle&f=false


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No, not all of them will move differently. The only difference between the QH and the paint is that APHA allows a mixture of QH and TB, so depending on what the lineage is and how the horse is built, they may or may not move differently. There are some that are tall and lean, more like a TB, and there are some that are short and stocky, like a QH. There are three different builds in a QH category too, the short and stocky, built like a brickhouse; the slim, athletic "appendix" build, like a running machine; and the big, huge, body-builder type. QHs can range anywhere from 14-16hh, maybe even taller. I know of three types of TB too, those that are heavier boned, built for calvary use (That's the type they use in NY for the mounted patrol); the lighter boned, racing type; and the uphill built, made for jumping. So, all in all, paints can be any mixture of that, and yes, will most likely move differently, but that just depends on what their mixture is.

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post #9 of 29 Old 12-24-2009, 09:48 AM
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Eh, I have to disagree. I think your mare is "moving differently" because of all the things you just listed. IMHO paints are just QHs with spots. A lot of the breeding is the same as QHs in the modern paint horses.

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Agree with the majority of posters. All stock horses, QH, Appy, Paint use the same mechanics when moving and thus the same gaits. They all trot but none of them pace or rack or tolt. They use standard gaits that have the same footfall pattern. Each individual will travel just a little bit different depending on their lineage and their conformation but it has nothing to do with breed. All 3 breeds are pretty much identical in regards to build and conformation because there has been so much crossbreeding. The only difference is color patterning.

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