Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Earth, Milkyway
Paints were originally "crop out" quarter horses. The cowboys would shoot a foal if it had too much white, so someone (I forgot who) made an association for them. This made them of more value and they became more popular.
They come in many, many different styles now because they're used for so much. It's almost ridiculous! (and I mean that jokingly, not seriously)
My black paint horse, Bo, is a wonderful ride english (or western, but not as much) and the sorrel, Ronnie, is the most uncomfortable thing ever at the lope if you have him trying to do his old western pleasure thing. So I'd have to say whether or not their gait is smooth depends on training and breeding.
As for heighth in paints, the famous stud All Time Fancy is 16.1, but my mother's mare is 14.1. So basically, paints are extremely versatile and there are hundreds of various types.
Hope I helped :]
There's something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.