I'll admit, I didn't take a very good look before posting that link... I think I'll agree with you now, my mistake.
As for the "plain old trail horse," yes, I was referring to just a backyard gelding/visitor horse, not a quality work horse.
I'm really unfamiliar with the ApHC breeding policies. Are they similar to the APHA as far as outcrossing goes?
ApHC permits outcrossing to Arabs, Quarterhorses, and Thoroughbreds, but they must be registered and off-breed stallions must be listed with ApHC as approved stallions. Horses with Appy color of any breeding may be hardship registered if they are neutered or spayed.
Unlike the AHA or AQHA, which have reasonable registration policies, ApHC permits crossing the offspring of outcrossing. Thus a half-Appy can cross with a Quarterhorse, resulting in a foal that is 1/4 Appy that can be ApHC registered, and that 1/4th Appy can cross with a Quarterhorse resulting in a 1/8th Appy that can be ApHC registered...then 1/16th, then 1/32nd, and so on and so on. Thus, many ApHC registered horses are registered as Appys, but are actually not Appys at all, but rather Quarterhorses with Appy spots.
ApHC registration policy is based upon greed - securing as many members (and dues) as possible - it is obviously not the registration policy of a registry with any interest in preserving or being a steward of the breed. On the contrary, it is destroying the breed and reducing the term Appaploosa to nothing more than a color/pattern designation. Thankfully, there are breeders that breed Appy to Appy, so despite ApHC's policies that ultimately would lead to extinction of the breed, the Appy survives and hopefully will continue to do so...