Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
The thing to remember is that the breed registries were formed by large breeders who had their own $$ interests in mind, not science or genetics, and they 'defined' what the breed was/is and the 'ideal' horse of the breed.
Although I'm sure purists would disagree, QHs (solid or marked) and Paints (marked or solid) are indeed the 'same' horse.
Our seasoned mare Angel (tobiano Paint) had a Paint sire and a QH dam. Why is she a Paint? Because she has the required Paint color/markings AND a Paint parent. Why isn't she a QH? Because a QH can't have her white and can't have a Paint parent.
It is sad (IMHO) that the registristries use labels like 'undesireable trait', 'crop outs' and 'rejects'. What's even sadder is that at least years ago, unless these horse had some other trait the breeder thought was worth propagating, these horses were 'culled out'....and we all know what that means.
A good horse is indeed a good horse, and our Paint mares love their QH 'cousins', too.
On the sixth day, God created the Quarter Horse.
On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.
Last edited by PaintHorseMares; 11-23-2008 at 08:02 AM.