What to do With Paint Horses - Decide What You Want Before You Buy
Good Rules of Wisdom For Owning a Paint HorsePaint Horses like any other breed have their issues, and in Paints it tends to be Navicular issues and Angular limb deformities. These are both lameness problems so absolutely have your farrier go with you to look at a potential prospect. Any good farrier will do this for you, one that won't should be fired in my opinion. Pay the money for coffin joint X Rays, they are worth it in the end and can save you countless money in a horse with major problems. I know more than a few folks pouring money in a farriers pocket to keep horses going that will never be right in the hoof department, so be careful. I will not take a palomino or buckskin paint, or a homozygous one either. That is simply too many horses in a pedigree bred for the sake of their skin color, and last I checked skin color did not make horses sounder. Try the horse on hard ground and feel his legs, any major heat after riding on a hard surface should be an immediate no. Remember even if you love the horse you're looking at the paint horse for sale is in possession of the current owner and he may be a total jerk. Trust but verify.
Beware the Spotted TerrorYou have been warned, there is simply something about a spotted horse that gets in your skin, for better and worse. They are adept at opening gates, stealing human items, hording food, and causing problems in general. Every one of your herd's fine horse gifts will become theirs. Owners of solid horses will scoff but if it has spots it is going to be trouble from the moment it is born. This I can attest to owning eight of them myself and comparing to my sixteen solid horses, a pinto of any breed is a bigger pain in the rear than any other type of horse.