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post #1 of 8 Old 12-05-2019, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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Someone said he is a paint?

I've just known my horse as a sorrel Quarab with four socks and a large blaze covering one eye. I was at the barn today, and someone expressed "Wow, he's got some paint in him!" I've never noticed any white marks. Does she mean his legs/facial markings?
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post #2 of 8 Old 12-05-2019, 11:18 PM
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She most likely meant his face and leg white. Some white patterns cause some distinct changes in the presentations on face and leg white. The top heavy blaze over the eyes is seen in minimal frame overo. The uneven leg white over the knees and hocks is often splash. If he has any chin white, that can be splash too.


There are other genetics that can cause these too, but for a stock horse, overo and splash are pretty common.
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post #3 of 8 Old 12-06-2019, 03:39 AM
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Paints are a stock horse breed that started primarily with Quarter Horses that couldn't be registered because of excessive white. White is caused by the action of different genes. Some of those genes can express very minimally or very loudly depending on other genes that may or may not be present.

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post #4 of 8 Old 12-06-2019, 04:33 AM
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A paint is a breed of horse that pretty much started with stock horses that were mostly quarter horses and that carried the pinto pattern or excessive white. Any other horse that carries any of the pinto patterns are either a grade horse or a breed of horse that allows the pinto pattern.

He does look like he could carry pinto patterns.

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post #5 of 8 Old 12-06-2019, 08:50 PM
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I think pinto is more accurate... A paint is registered as a Paint. A pinto is not registered or registered as something else... If i breed my Paint to a warmblood, the resulting foal would be a pinto...

Everyone always asks me what my black and white horse is but nobody ever correctly guesses her breed. Everyone says "spotted saddle horse" or gaited something. Nope. She's just a Paint with some thoroughbred a couple generations back. But a beautiful Paint she is.

And that is a beautiful pinto you have there. You could consider that a Sabino as well.
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post #6 of 8 Old 12-07-2019, 02:27 PM
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He's really cute!
There are Arabs that do have "excessive white" so if he is QH and Arab that color pattern could have come from either side. Personally I kind of like all that chrome!
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-07-2019, 02:49 PM
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He's not a Paint, as in able to be registered APHA, because of his bloodlines. The Arab makes him ineligible. But he looks like he could be registered Pinto with full color papers based on his face and leg white.

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post #8 of 8 Old 12-07-2019, 11:37 PM
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I used to have a Zippo-bred Quarter Horse gelding that had excessive white like your horse - doesn't mean that he has any sort of APHA paint in his bloodlines, he just happened to have a loud, overo-like, face-covering blaze, and white legs.

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