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 the American 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.