I own an appy, and have ridden many. They are all very sweet and try to please. I have also never seen an ungly one, Lol. I have ridden all colors, and know people who own all colors lol. In general, all these horses are pretty calm, dependable mounts, but, they have all been well trained.
There is one appaloosa leopard stallion that is rather snotty towards women... His father was a dream though.
They do have very hardy and strong hooves, I have never seen an appy with shoes, lol. Out of 20 appaloosas I have ridden or been around, only one has had the rat mane and tail. Of course, the Indians liked that becuase their horses couldn't be tracked by hairs getting pulled out on branches and stuff. But nowadays, with QH influence and other breeds, I would say the full mane and tail is actually more common than the rat mane and tail.
Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back. -- Unkown