Legislature to debate state horse

The appropriately named American paint horse could one day become the official state horse of Louisiana thanks to a bill currently under consideration in the Legislature.

Senate Bill 213 by state Sen. Rick Ward, R-Port Allen, would designate the colorful animals, known for the colorful paint-like splotches all over their bodies, the official state horse effective Aug. 1.

The bill passed out of the state Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee without opposition.

Mary Parrot, of Ruston, is the national president of the American Paint Horse Association. In a presentation to the committee, she spoke of the American paint horse and it’s colorful spotting pattern as a metaphor for Louisiana’s colorful history as a state.

Parrot, and other enthusiasts argued that a horse known for its versatility — as a show horse, working cattle, racing and trail riding — is an appropriate horse for the state.

The bill now heads to the House for consideration.