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post #1 of 5 Old 09-26-2010, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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Red face Anyone know anything about this breed of horse?

Hello Everyone :) I have a few questions i'd like to see if anyone here can answer. I have rode horses off and on since i was around 10. Not all the time, just when i was given the chance. I've always wanted to own one, and just recently purchased my first horse. She's a beautiful 15 year old Appaloosa named Allie. My daughter is 4 yrs old and also loves horses. Does anyone know anything about Appaloosa's. The former owner of Allie loved her so much. He is a friend of my husbands and Allie was his favorite horse. He said she was the horse he would always put kids on to ride when they went riding. Can anyone tell me about their temperment? I am a little worried about my daughter getting hurt while riding.
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post #2 of 5 Old 09-26-2010, 12:41 AM
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You could also do a search on the forum for Appaloosa and find a bunch of good information. There are a lot of people here that own them.

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As far as I know, Appies have great dispositions, but I just wanted to say that the temperment of the breed, or even the individual horse, can't guarantee that you or your daughter won't get hurt. You can have the best horse in the world and accidents can still happen because they are 1000 lb prey animals that can get scared and panic. And even if they don't panic and you just fall off from lack of balance, you are still a good distance from the ground.

And all horses are individuals too. So I wouldn't worry so much about wether Appaloosas as a breed have good dispositions, but just work with your horse as an individual and see how it goes, always being careful because your daughter is still young for a horse of any breed/size and it is a long way from the ground. So have fun, but keep safety foremost.
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As an appaloosa owner, and knowing a few appaloosa breeders, they in general, can be great kids mounts and riding mounts with proper training just like any other horse.

My friend's 8 year old appy can be trusted with a kid's life. But then, there are some that are the typical spooky horse. I would just get to know the horse better =) to make sure she wouldn't do anything. But giving the circumstances she's 15, been rode alot (assuming since the horse was a favorite) I would say she probably is kid safe and has been trained really well.

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post #5 of 5 Old 09-26-2010, 07:16 PM
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It depends on the individual horse and also Appaloosas have many different breeds in them, so they vary by bloodlines too
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