Body Type: The American Paint Horse body is typical of cattle horses; it has been frequently cross bred with American Quarter Horses, so many are heavily-muscled. Because Paint Horses can be out-crossed with Thoroughbred, some bodies are bred specifically for racing. The Paint Horse is not just a color breed.
Size: Paint Horses are often between 14.2 HH and 15.3 HH. Their average weight is between 950 and 1200 pounds, though Thoroughbred bloodlines can be taller and thinner than average.
Uses: The Paint Horse is ridden and driven in nearly every western country and discipline. They can be found racing, jumping, working, trail riding, and combined driving. The American Paint Horse is a very versatile breed.
Color and Markings: Paint Horses have several distinct color patterns, including Tobiano, Overo, Sabino, and Tovero. For more information about coloration terminology, see our guide.