He was fantastic at walking long distances - not fast but reliable
But cross country at any sort of speed and he would find a gopher hole to drop his foot in and put in a really dramatic stumble
Unless you put the bucket under his nose he could never find it.
Could never find a gate he had been through several times.
He was much happier being a pack horse than a lead horse
The paint quarter horse I used for the same trip lost several days work through feet problems - but he was a fantastic ride. If travelling fast across country and he found his foot going down a hole he would do a flying lead change
Felt completely safe on him.
In my limited experience Appaloosa - dim but reliable
Quarter Horse - not as tough, but with a canter to die for and a real brain between the ears.
Never yet seen an Appie being used for brain work such as cutting, team penning or at a cowboy rodeo