Originally Posted by SilverShadowStable
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...