Originally Posted by FTFOTB
Ok, I think we're getting somewhere, now.
I have a question: If Appaloosas aren't supposed to be a stock horse breed, then what are they?
If you tell me 'all around horses', then I will just tell you that the QH blood improved upon that. The QH was the ultimate in versatility. Up to the late 1970s, that is.
I agree with many that these stock horse breeds have become much too specialized, but that's a subject for a thread of its own. Right now, we're talking about a breed standard, if there is one.
No offense, but you seem to be chock full of misinformation about Appys. Do you own Appys or have bred Appys?
Appaloosas are not "supposed to be a stock horse breed". They have been steered in that direction by ApHC to achieve the highest possible membership and revenues. Appaloosas were not originally bred to be stock horses.
Your statement about Quarterhorses is rather pretentious. Sorry to disappoint you, but a Quarterhorse is not anywhere close to the "ultimate in versatility". Quarterhorses are bred for performance with a large percentage of fast twitch muscle fiber. As a result, they excel at strength events requiring explosive power. This would be opposed to an Arab, which has been bred with a high percentage of slow twitch muscle fibers, which are conducive to endurance. Breeds like (true) Appys are bred for both endurance and performance...they are not as good at performance as Quarterhorses, and are not as good at endurance as Arabs, but are more versatile than both.
In answer to your question if they aren't supposed to be stock horses, what are they, that underscores your lack of knowledge of Appys. Appys pre-date "stock", just as they pre-date Quarterhorses. Now if there weren't any cattle around when the breed was developed, they couldn't very well have been bred to be stock horses, could they?
Appys are a very interesting breed of horse. You should really research them before making statements and assumptions. Sadly, there aren't too many actual Appys around any longer, thanks to ApHC. Most Appys today are no more than a color variation of Quarterhorse. To have a registry alter a breed (and actually change the breed standard) just to fullfil its own agenda because Quarterhorses happen to be the most popular breed in the US and thus that conformation and ability can build the largest membership, is shameful. Should Arabs be turned into Quarterhorses? How about Clydesdales? Why not breed Shetlands up to Quarterhorse standards?
Don't get me wrong - there is nothing wrong with colored Quarterhorses or colored Arabs or colored Thoroughbreds. They are excellent crosses. But they are not Appys - they are just sporting Appy color and characteristics.
Different people prefer different breeds, and different breeds have there own attributes and abilities. Although Quarterhorses are the most popular breed in the US, it would be rather boring if that were all we had to choose from...sort of like everyone driving a Chevy...