I realize that.
Let me rephrase...what the heck does (alleged) racism among history writers have to do with the origin of the Appaloosa?
I believe in keeping things simple, and this seems to be a rather simple problem to me.
Before Spaniards arrived...no horses.
After Spaniards arrived...horses
We can speculate all we want, but it isn't really any more complicated than that.
It's no different than...
Before Impressive...no HYPP
We know where HYPP came from, and we know where Appys came from...
Using that logic,
Before color tv No crystal meth,
After color tv crystal meth,
Therefore color tv must be the source of crystal meth.
No doubt the spanish broguht horses, yet I don't believe they were the only or first source of horses. There is actually evidence to support Asian contact with North America.
They had the ability,
Theres a pretty widely accepted Polynesians/ south america contact.
Pueblos that supposedly speak a Japanese diaelect. ( Zuni indians)
Ok so how does doubling evey 20 years account for the asian look of the horses ? Not just the color but the general body and head shape ?
I brought up racism, as quite often our history books seem to credit everything in the world to the race and nationality of the writer. Heck just look at our accepted images and drawings of Jesus and other biblical figures.
Fossil or burial evidence with trees to match up growth rings predating columbus would be handy, but I imagine Northwest burial rituals didnt lend themselves to preservation. The surviving horses today may or may not be linked to the original herds so again not really any way to trace the DNA.