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Painted Hotrod stated "Well, just my opinion, but..
A Paint is just a Quarter with all kinds of different markings."

Now this has always been my thought too. However, two long time horse owners have recently made comments that Paints have a bad reputation for being spooky, a little bit crazy. Someone actually said to me, "well, he is a Paint afterall."

I've always thought that Paints were basically QHs with patches. Is this not true anymore? Are they now known to be a bit quirky?

For the record, my Paint comes from a long line of Paints, QH with the TB thrown in behind many of the QH.

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Hmm, I never thought paints to be more hyper than quarter horses, in fact my paint and the paints i know are very calm. I also always thought paints are spotted quarter horses, i mean all registered paints have quarter horse in there linage so how could paints be totally different than quarter horses if there related? I dunno.
 

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An American Paint Horse is a stock breed that comes directly from the Quarter Horse and the Thoroughbred.

It seems absurd to me that as a breed, they would exhibit traits that their base breeds do not, like "spooky" and "quirky."

Now, I have two paints who are FULL of personality, but I also have three quarter horses who are FULL of personality.

I've met lots of paints, and some were spooky, but it is not a trend I've seen in the breed at all.
 

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Thanks to both of you. I never thought that either. I was a bit surprised and quite honestly, a bit insulted.
 

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Hmm well I have a paint. Lines include paints/quarterhorses and some tbs. He is spooky a tad .. BUT he is only 21 months old! So that is an age thing. Otherwise he is a great little guy. Most people look at him and go 'ohh pretty arabian !!' He is a solid paint, LIGHT palomino. Often looks white, and runs with his tail up because he loves to play ... hehe.
 

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I think that some people attach a stigma to a certain breed because some people and breeds just don't get along. My brother hates paints because every one he has ever had, he had a bad experience with. I think a big part of how they act is how they are treated. Some horses can sense when a person just doesn't like them even if they aren't mistreated and therefore, they misbehave. I don't particularly care for paints simply due to an aesthetic sense. I don't like horses with that much white but I am not opposed to riding one because there is absolutely no difference between them and QH.

One of the spookiest horses I have ever seen is my Dad's horse Pokey and he is 100% QH while my paint Jet wouldn't spook at almost anything, although he did go through a bucking stage during his training. I agree that for the most part, paints are just QHs with splashy coloring.
 

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I have raised paints for over 15 years and I can tell you that they are no different than a quarter horse. Every horse has its own personality and how you raise a horse plays a big role in how they act and react to different people and things. This is with any breed.
 

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Thank you all. Like I said, I was a bit insulted. I've even heard they're as "crazy" as Arabians, not that I think Arabs are that way.
 

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Just like many people I know won't own an appaloosa because the Indians were supposed to have bred them to be crazy! :lol:
 

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lol.
my qh is not quiet at all. but most of the paints i know are...
 

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One thing to keep in mind is that when the registeries (both AQHA and APHA) were established, the founders (mainly breeders) picked the foundation set of QH and Paints, and they cetainly had a self serving financial interest in how this was done relative to showing, racing, and breeding of their stock. The registeries then established rules to define, from that point on, what could be registered as a QH or Paint. The fact that the registeries have changed their rules over time relative to cropouts and parentage reinforces this financial interest, IMHO.
Both of these American breeds have their roots in English and Spanish blood, and although not 100% genetically identical, I have never noticed any breed related differences in their dispositions.
 
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