The Paint, also known as the Pinto was one
of the favorite mounts of the Plains Indians, because the
coloring provided a natural camouflage for both horse and
rider. The name Pinto is derived from the Spanish word for
"Painted" and it is thought that the first Pinto's
arrived in America with the Spanish in the 1500's.
During their westward trek, some of the horses
escaped from the Spanish and formed wild herds, which quickly
adapted to the new environment.
The wild Paints or Pintos of today can be
traced back to these early feral horses, and many of the wild
herds of today include the Paint or Pinto.