The American Paint Horse

While taking my camera for a walk the other day, I came across some inquisitive characters. They wanted to pose for me but at the last second became camera shy.


Moments later, their curiosity got the better of them and they stopped to have another look at me.


Sadly, they didn’t hang around for a third photo op. But, now I was curious myself and I did a bit of checking to find out what I could about them.

Wikipedia says “The American Paint Horse shares a common ancestry with thAmerican Quarter Horse and the Thoroughbred.”  I also found out that the horses in my photos are probably called tobianos because of the colouring and patterns.

My third piece of information was not so heartening. Apparently the American Paint is prone to a genetic problem called LWS (lethal white syndrome) in which a foal may be born with a non-functioning colon and has to be euthanized as it would die a painful death within days of its birth. In cases where this happens, the foal is born with almost all-white colouring and blue eyes. 

The Paints in my photo all seem to be just fine and a handsome lot they are, too.

25 thoughts on “The American Paint Horse

    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      And that “wildness” was what made the photos less clear than I would have liked, because they wouldn’t hold still for long. But at least I got a couple of snaps of them. Thanks for checking in, Mike.


  1. Gladys

    Lovely photos in your last 3 blogs. I enjoy keeping in touch this way while you are on your autumn adventures. Have you had any pheasant meals yet?


    1. wordsfromanneli Post author

      It really is a shame about the LWS. I didn’t know about it until I researched the horses’ proper name. But fortunately it’s not a dominant gene. I love the look of these horses, too.



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