Originally Posted by ButtInTheDirt
I know they CAN be registered, but Appaloosas are becoming so diluted from what they originally were it is sad. When I think of an Appy I don't think of a spotted Arab or spotted QH. Don't get me wrong, he IS a nice looking horse but I just have a hard time thinking that he is what Appaloosas are becoming.
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It started when the appaloosa breed decided to be a color association and opened the registration to cross with other breeds of varying types. Most breeds have this problem with straying from an original type. Breeders can transform a closed breed (AQHA, AHA, etc) by selection of breeding stock and create something so different from the original breeds. There becomes a "type" of horse within a breed, like Halter Quarter Horses, Halter Arabians, and anything else that is bred for a fashion or certain look that has been taken to an extreme. It is not sad that this stallion is registered as appaloosa because it is a color within certain breeds now (similar to APHA), the founders of the registry made it that way. There were pros and cons to their choice, they had a very small gene pool full of genetic problems and chose to be a color with a hopefully healthier and broader gene pool while keeping the color of the appaloosa. We can thank a lot of sources for the deteriated state of the appaloosa breed, but history cannot be undone. The vast majority of registered Appaloosas today have very little of the original breed.
As I see this stallion, he will attract Arabian lovers who want the color of the Appaloosa and the type of the Arabian. I doubt many Appaloosa owners (especially traditional Appaloosa owners/breeders) would desire breeding to him, he is specialized to a certain crowd. Purebred Arabian mares could be bred to him, have a 50% chance to get the leopard gene and still have a typey Arabian cross foal that can be registered half Arab and Appaloosa.