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        09-30-2010, 12:08 AM
      #31
    Foal
    I own a 15 yr old Appy named Allie and so far she has been a saint! Her previous owner is a friend and told us she has never bucked anyone off. She has such a great temperment. She has been perfect for a beginner like me and my kids. Love love love her :)
         
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        09-30-2010, 12:20 AM
      #32
    Yearling
    I just bought my Appy a month ago and I LOVE her! Like someone else said, my Appy is FAR more responsive than most QH's I've come across. If you even THINK about putting your rein on her neck to neck rein, she's already turning. It's like she has ESP. She's also AMAZING with kids! Look in the Horse Pictures forum for Indyhorse's post Spencer's First Trail Ride. He rode Rain by himself through a creek, down hills etc. I was not a fan of Appy's before but you can bet your butt I am now!
         
        10-03-2010, 03:31 PM
      #33
    Foal
    I have only ever ridden one appy before and he was a dream. When hcaing, jumping, dressage....in his stable.....everything was just a dream about him. Unfortunatly I don't realy like the colour on a whole, but that is just my opinion, however the conformation of some are just beautiful and I think somethimes the coulor can look ok. :)
         
        10-03-2010, 04:00 PM
      #34
    Yearling
    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.
         
        10-03-2010, 06:05 PM
      #35
    Foal
    I have never owned a appy, but I have went to quite a few different appy farms, some where nice, some personable, some not, depends on the individual horse, how its treated, and what its bloodlines are, in my opinion anyways
         
        10-03-2010, 09:55 PM
      #36
    Foal
    While I have to say I really am an arab girl, I did recently get a 3 yr old appy project and it hasnt been all bad...

    Pros: Level headed (too lazy to be spooky) been in 3 parades and I've been using him in drill practices and carrying flag and he does great, loves attention and attention as long as he's not in his stall, very forward until he gets tired, gorgeous markings (leopard) and has a full long tail!!
    Cons: Horribly stuborn when he thinks he shouldnt have to do something, nasty stall manners, too smart or, stupid I'm not sure? For his own good and goes through electric fences

    Again he is only 3.. and when he gets some more experience I think he will be a great horse to throw newbies on. An even though he's not really my cup of tea I have fallen for him and think he will become my new drill team horse!
         
        10-03-2010, 10:31 PM
      #37
    Foal
    I have a Registered App, but his sire is a QH, and he has a perfect mix of the two breeds. With that said, I have a pretty close relationship with his breeder and know most of the Apps she's bred well, and I have to say that they are all the most kind and willing horses I've had experiences with.. I would say that Appaloosas are horses with a lot of character, and that can be good or bad. Many Horse people hate them and have such a bad attitude towards them, which I have no idea why, but they really need to open up their minds to them.

    Training wise, all of these Apps have been great to work with, and easy to train..I haven't had much of a hitch with my 3 yo yet and he's progressed sooo much since I started him last october, and he's so patient and forgiving of me, as I consider myself to still be pretty green.
         
        10-03-2010, 10:38 PM
      #38
    Green Broke
    My 2 Appys are the best horses I've owned. They have personalities abound and are amazing mounts. Not spooky, allways willing. Very good horses. I love my girls.
         
        10-27-2010, 06:29 PM
      #39
    Foal
    I own an Appaloosa, but I am not biased to them. I really don't like most appys. Many are poorly bred and just down right UGLY.
    My boy on the other hand is wonderfully bred, has gorgeous conformation, and a beautiful color. So I will have to say that it depends on the horse.
         
        10-27-2010, 06:57 PM
      #40
    Foal
    We have two Appy/QH crosses and they are gorgeous! Tails down to their feet! Cutter looks Appy, Skamps not so much. Cutter is awesome, he had never spooked, has a lot of speed and listens fairly well if he knows his rider. He is a little strong willed. Skamps is good looking with a bad case of ADD. :) He also has a lot of go and half listens but is VERY personable on the ground. I also used to ride a full blooded Appy at the ranch and he was all go and super stubborn but again, if he knew you, he would listen a lot better. So, all in all, I'm a fan. :)
         

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