Originally Posted by Joshie
I believe that's a misnomer. Paints are a separate breed. I believe the OP meant pinto TB. A horse could always be a Paint/TB. But these are separate breeds. If the OP was posting about a paint/TB, that could be one reason you see a QH type head. Paints were originally the "undesirable" colored outcroppings of TB and QH stock. Now, though, these are separate breeds. There does tend to be a lot of mistaken interchanging of the terms Pinto and Paint. Not all paint horses are colored. APHA.Com - Welcome to the Association
Okay, its actually kinda simple. Pinto is a color pattern and Paint is a breed. Now, the tobiano pattern is a gene, but overo, and most other pinto patterns are what are called "crop outs." This means that theoretically any breed can produce a "crop out" pinto. It is rare, but TBs and even warmbloods can produce overo, sabino, etc coat patterns. These horses can be registered in the Pinto Association with just a picture proving they have the coat pattern, but they cannot be registered as a Paint. The only way a horse can be registered as a Paint is if one parent is a paint and the other is either a paint, qh, or tb. So anyways, yes this horse is a TB with TB parents, not an appendix, but he is considered a crop out pinto because of his pattern.
Your buckskin is adorable! I'd like to see him when he fills out more!