The American Paint Horse is a breed of horse that was developed from a base of spotted horses with Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred bloodlines. In order for a horse to be registered as an American Paint horse it must have Quarter Horse, Thoroughbred or Paint horse bloodlines. They have the characteristics of a western stock horse with spotting patterns of white plus another coat color. Not to be confused with a Pinto, although the spotting patterns are the same. The difference between a Paint and Pinto are bloodlines and breed characteristics. Pintos are represented on a separate page.