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post #11 of 91 Old 08-04-2010, 12:56 AM
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Yes they do have sparse manes and tails. Its part of their breed characteristics, just like Arabs are supposed to have long flowing manes and tails.

I have not met a horse I didn't love, Appys included.

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post #12 of 91 Old 08-04-2010, 01:20 AM
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They are no different than any other stock breed. I don't recall ever having actually ridden one but I have been around some amazing ones. I personally wouldn't really wan't one just due to personal preferance, I don't particularly care for horses with a lot of white on them (I have the same problem with pintos). But a minimally marked appy, you can bet I would snatch that up quick.

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I have heard nothing but pleasant things from the people that I've known who have rode or owned appys. I saw a very cute and forgiving one give a riding lesson to a very very little girl at my old barn.

I'm not a big fan of them aesthetically and that's about the only opinion I can offer. I can't really elaborate without sounding rude though



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post #14 of 91 Old 08-04-2010, 01:28 AM
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Personality wise, I like most of them. There are sour-pusses in every breed! Looks wise, I looove blanket apps but leopard apps are just weird looking to me. Not to mention my husband thinks they have been infected with some weird disease that makes their hair turn colors....
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post #15 of 91 Old 08-04-2010, 07:32 AM
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Appys, like every breed, have good and bad examples.

I own two. They are like polar opposites as far as temperaments go. One is a saint that your 90 year old grandmother could get on and have a safe ride during a fire works display with fire trucks going by. The type of horse that knows when there is a beginner up there and extra care has to be taken.

The other is...well.... um.... lets just say difficult. Difficult and athletic which is not a good combination.
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Sparse manes and tails are mostly due to breeding. As are ugly heads. I own 3, and every single one of them have thick, long manes and tails. And pretty nice heads. They are a very loyal breed. That being said however.... you can't push or punish for no reason. They don't take to the cowboy breaking style well at all. I used to own QHs... and I never had a qh who responded to its rider the way my apps do. They respond to the smallest body movement, my emotions. I don't think I would ever own anything but an app again.

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That being said however.... you can't push or punish for no reason. They don't take to the cowboy breaking style well at all. I used to own QHs... and I never had a qh who responded to its rider the way my apps do. They respond to the smallest body movement, my emotions. I don't think I would ever own anything but an app again.
Wow that's interesting to hear. I've never thought of appys to be less sensitive than the average QH, that's really neat! It's part of the reason I favor arabs & TBs, because they are so in tune to people and you must be nice to them :)
I did a little research and found them to be an older breed than I originally thought, so them being tuned into humans so well makes a lot of sense!

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The ones I've ridden are AWESOME.

However I think they're ugly. :P Cept the leopard Dalmationy ones.

And the one I rode of course--but I was partial.
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post #19 of 91 Old 08-04-2010, 10:42 AM
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However I think they're ugly.
Painting with a very broad brush there.

I have yet to meet anyone who thinks my one appy is ugly.

The other one...well.... yeah.... she has very much mottling and really strong appy eye. She for sure fits the image everyone hates about them.
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I love some...and others drives me nuts. Haha. I really agree with Cowgirl140ty on this one. I have been leasing my appy/qh for the summer and now school year and I never thought I'd want to own an app before him. He is SUCH a gentle soul, easy to work with (most of the time) and a sweetheart! I know he can tell what I'm thinking and I can read him like a book too...it's really interesting. And she is right, cowboy breaking really only works to a certain point with them, at least with my boy, if he gets too scared and worked up, I have to really reassure him before moving on, otherwise no progress will be made.
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