Originally Posted by ForeverSunRider
Okay so a paint is registered and a pinto is any other kind of spotted/blotched horse.
So what does the breed itself look like? Is it basically a quarter horse build? But with the paint pattern?
Also, if an APHA breeds with an APHA and they produce a foal that *looks* like a paint, is it actually a pinto unless it gets registered?
Sorry for all the dumb questions.
If an APHA foal hasn't been registered, it will still be considered a pinto and paint. The term pinto is used to describe both APHA horses with the color pattern, as well as other breeds with the pattern. A horse with the pattern is born a pinto, regardless of what its breed or registration status is.
A pure bred horse doesn't need to have papers to be purebred. You can have an unregistered foal out of pure APHA parents, and you can call it a paint. You just wouldn't be able to honestly sell it as a registered paint horse. The color will still be the same, regardless of who owns the horse, who has the papers, and what the registration status is.
Think of a pinto patterned paint baby like a black Quarter Horse. When it is born and as of yet unregistered, it is still both black and a Quarter Horse. Registration won't change what you call the color, but it'll mean that you can call him a registered Quarter Horse to anyone that asks