My North American origin can be traced back to the two-toned horses introduced by the Spanish explorers.
My equestrian family has raced alongside the vast herds of buffalo and traveled hundreds of miles on cattle drives.
My equestrian family was cherished by the finest horsemen of the Western frontier, Native Americans and CowboysÂ who sought the hardy horses loudly splashed with color.
While my colorful coat pattern is essential to the identity of the breed, there are strict bloodline requirementsÂ and a distinctive body type that must be approved before I can wear the proud title of American Paint Horse.
My equestrian family rode in cattle drives that involved cowboys on horseback moving herds of cattle long distances to market. Texans established trail driving as a regular occupation.
When my ancestors worked on cattle drives, each Cowboy rode between eight and 10 of my horse family during the entire drive.Â Â Each horse had its own duty -- a good long-distance travel horse, a swimming horse, a good night horse, etc.
My hometown (Fort Worth and The Stockyards) was considered a major "cow-town" for Trail Bosses, Ranchers and Cowboys.
Fort Worth is also home to the American Paint Horse Association and American Paint Horse Foundation.Â Â All of the records for me and my equestrian family are managed by these two fine organizations.
Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame graciously thanks the American Paint Horse Foundation for their generous donation in support of this station. Visit their website to learn more about other great American Paint Horses.