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    11-29-2010, 07:00 PM
Confused about coloring?

Hey so I was just wondering what is the difference between a Pinto and Paint?
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    11-29-2010, 07:16 PM
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Pinto is a colour pattern, a Paint is a breed.
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    11-29-2010, 07:35 PM
Originally Posted by Iseul    
Pinto is a colour pattern, a Paint is a breed.
Iseul is most definitely right. Spot on. The term 'Paint' should only ever be used when talking about a horse that is registered as a 'Paint' where it says "Breed: ". Otherwise, they are a pinto.
    11-29-2010, 07:43 PM
Ok thanks, because I have a horse encyclopedia that has paint and pinto under color
    11-30-2010, 12:54 AM
Since pinto is a pattern, the horse is always a colour with white. Paints do not have to have a pattern. My mare is a registered Paint, but she's Breeding Stock, so she's solid buckskin.
    12-01-2010, 03:27 PM
Originally Posted by Poseidon    
Since pinto is a pattern, the horse is always a colour with white. Paints do not have to have a pattern. My mare is a registered Paint, but she's Breeding Stock, so she's solid buckskin.

Is that her pic? She's purrdyy.

I just got interested in horse colors and genetics, so I want to learn anything I can.
    12-06-2010, 05:24 PM
I was always taught that Paints were always of some stock horse breeding, whether it be Paint, QH or Thoroughbred (though that's not really a stock breed)
As long as it has a pattern unless it comes straight from paint lines.
Whereas a Pinto is ANYTHING else with a pattern. So most of your saddle type horses and ponies, mini's etc. Subsequently Paints can be registered pinto.
Paint is a breed. Pinto is a pattern/color.
    12-06-2010, 07:07 PM
Both pinto and paint (note the lower case "p") are still commonly used terms in many areas of the world to describe a spotted color pattern.

But both Pinto and Paint (note the capital "P") also are used to refer to horses registered with specific registries-- The American Paint Horse association (APHA) and the Pinto Horse Association (PtHA).

Both associations have rules and limits-- Paint being much more restrictive of bloodlines and more specific for one type than Pinto.

Here are links to both associations--

APHA.Com - History of the Breed (also check the links on the right of this article for more info)

PtHA ? Registration (with this new addition to their allowable registries-- )

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