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post #1 of 22 Old 05-26-2009, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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Adopting an Appaloosa!

Can someone tell me a little bit more on the breed? i.e, what to look for, what to expect, how much vet bills/farrier bills normally cost, etc.
I ride western and I'm basically just looking for a trail buddy (: Any more advice?
I appreciate it!
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post #2 of 22 Old 05-26-2009, 09:56 AM
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The Appaloosa were bred by the Nez Perce Indians as War horses and all around animals. They nearly went extinct when the US calvary captured Cheif Joseph and his tribe. But thanks to some Appalossa enthusiasts, I think the Apaloosa Horse Club started in the 1930's. They are great horses, very all around that are very suited to trail riding. The breed has hardy hooves and usually are considered easy keepers (of course, there are some exceptions lol)

There are five color patterns reconized by the club: marble, blanket, lepeod, snowflake and one other one that I can't place lol along with solid Appys that can be registered within the club. You need to post pics of your rescue once you have him! Good luck!

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post #3 of 22 Old 05-27-2009, 01:44 AM
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The only things I can think of that Appys are "prone" to are the Uveitis (Moon Blindness), sunburn, typical white/light hoof issues, and short manes and tails :)

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post #4 of 22 Old 05-27-2009, 01:50 AM
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Appy's are one tough breed that's for sure.

As far as vet/farrier bills it all depends on your area.

Here's what I pay (I have a draft horse):

Teeth: 145.00
Shots: 65.00 (4-way and west nile)
Farrier: 100.00 (trim, he's a draft) - regular horse can be anywhere from 25.00 to 50.00 for a trim or 45.00-75.00 for shoeing
Wormer every other month: tube of paste 7.00-9.00 each
Vet call trip fee: 45.00 (just for the vet to come out)
Emergency services if necessary are double a regular call.

Again, all these fees and boarding/training etc.; really vary by location.
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post #5 of 22 Old 05-27-2009, 01:54 AM
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Ha ha i'll second short manes and tails, lol.

Overall a very hardy and tolerant breed.

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post #6 of 22 Old 06-04-2009, 09:56 PM
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then are a very good horse to have, if you like messing with your horse's mane and tail dont get this breed because an app. trait is their short mane and tail. they also dont get much hair in winter so you need to get a blanket for winter. over all cool horse to have.

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post #7 of 22 Old 06-04-2009, 10:04 PM
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It really depends on how the horse is bred. All of the old "foundation" appy's are a very hearty breed with all the good traits listed above. However, there are some that have been cross bred with QH so much that they are nothing more than QH with coat colors. Pictures would definitely help. :)

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post #8 of 22 Old 06-06-2009, 11:05 AM
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I like and agree with that statement smrobs, but QH are pretty hardly too compared to other stock horses, mustangs don't count. They are without a doubt the heartiest breed common in North America.

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post #9 of 22 Old 06-06-2009, 11:26 AM
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I've had Appaloosas along with other horses all my life. They are one of my favorite types of horses. Very unique and their dispositions have a wide range. Usually gentle though.

Thought this might help:

Helped me with Blu. He's a FewSpot.

Overall, hardy breed. Great horse. Height varies. Patterns vary WIDELY. I love em! Good luck! Let us know how it goes! :)


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post #10 of 22 Old 06-06-2009, 11:30 AM
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Oh and on the coat, mane and tail thing. I'll have to disagree. Blu's mane and tail are long. And his winter coat is as long as my fingers so about three inches+. Depends on the horse. All mine have had hairy winters. But sometimes they need something to enrich their coat. As it may dry a bit. Not a huge deal though.

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