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post #11 of 30 Old 01-25-2012, 12:47 AM
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I rode my first appy this past summer and she was amazing! She was so calm and mellow, but at the same time had just enough spunk lol she is one of the few mares I have ever really clicked with.
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post #12 of 30 Old 01-25-2012, 08:15 AM
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I have always thought of Appys as the "guerilla war horse" ; bred to be thinkers who take care of their riders. The ones that still have the single foot gait are even better. I fell in love with the breed after a couple years riding a half Appy named Sun. He was the smoothest ride and when we were on bushy trail, I knew I could point him at a steep hill, drop the reins and he would always find us the best way up. I am not sure where Appys got a bad rap for attitude from some. My old neighbour had a herd of 30 odd head and all were good sound working horses.
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There is actually a lot of truth to that - at least with the original Appys. There was a reason the US government slaughtered most of the original Appys the Indians had...they were faster, had more endurance, had fewer health and hoof problems, and were easier keepers than the horses the cavalry used. In other words, the Appys ran circles around them...
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post #13 of 30 Old 01-25-2012, 10:34 AM
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Makes sense! And if you ride without a saddle, that single foot is as fast as a quarter horse canter without the sway. I remember reading about a Colorado Ranch horse type that is legendary tough and it's a decendent of Appys and two of General Grants stallions, one a barb the other an Arabian amongst other things. I can't recall the breed/type name exactly, but thought it's a horse that I would like to see up close.
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post #14 of 30 Old 01-25-2012, 11:29 AM
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I am an appy fan because, at least ime, they are one of the smartest breeds of horses. Easily trainable (provided you teach/show/ask instead of push), quick thinking, great self preservation skills and super amusing attitudes. I know plenty of people who think appys are stupid but I firmly believe that is a case of the horse being smarter than the person. ;)

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post #15 of 30 Old 01-25-2012, 04:49 PM
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Gotta love that appytude lol. Their coats are amazing,one of a kind. I've never seen two of them look alike. They are truely great horses.
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post #16 of 30 Old 01-26-2012, 10:09 AM
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Love that photo, I don't know where you are but trails there must be fun and beautiful!!!

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i am an appy fan because, at least ime, they are one of the smartest breeds of horses. Easily trainable (provided you teach/show/ask instead of push), quick thinking, great self preservation skills and super amusing attitudes. I know plenty of people who think appys are stupid but I firmly believe that is a case of the horse being smarter than the person. ;)

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post #17 of 30 Old 01-26-2012, 10:33 AM
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I had an appy before. He was just a lil spit ball! Not mean or anything he had this spunk about him that I loved. And odd habits.. like when he ate oats or grain he'd lift his front leg up and hold it up then switch legs, almost like he was so excited to have it. He was a nice lil sorrel , blanket with spots
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post #18 of 30 Old 01-26-2012, 12:37 PM
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Love that photo, I don't know where you are but trails there must be fun and beautiful!!!
northern nevada. The trails here are lovely especially up in Tahoe.
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post #19 of 30 Old 01-26-2012, 01:09 PM
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I love appy's because it rhymes with happy, which, if I ever get one, that will be its name :)
Plus they are adorable and flashy.
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post #20 of 30 Old 01-26-2012, 01:12 PM
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flashy rhymes also

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