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post #1 of 41 Old 01-23-2011, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Can anybody tell me about appaloosas?

I recently moved and have been looking for a horse when I stumbled upon an appaloosa I really liked. I've ridden a few appaloosas but never really knew much about the breed. I've done some research but haven't found much that I found to be really helpful. So if anyone knows anything like if there are certain genetic problems they have or if there are certain lines I should look for, I'd really appreciate it! Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 41 Old 01-23-2011, 05:26 PM
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Um I dont know a whole lot besides basically a really cool lookin quarter horse with an attitude. haha I "hear" the stereotype is they can sometimes have a big attitude. Not all but some. Good luck with your searching!
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post #3 of 41 Old 01-23-2011, 06:15 PM
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My experience with Appys has been that they are very sturdy and versatile animals. They usually have really strong feet and are just strong, overall. Sometimes they can suffer from vision problems, specifically something called "moon blindness" . It means they have trouble in low light conditions.
A lot of Appys are very quick to react things and might get the reputation as spooky or dingbat. But they are very adaptable, can do jumping or dressage or trails , or ? And often make really good one man horses.
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post #4 of 41 Old 01-24-2011, 09:10 AM
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Every Appaloosa I have had contact with has had a very good temperment and willing to please. The Appaloosa has received some "bad press" in being dingbats and just plain silly. Each horse of any breed has different personalities. The Appy, in general, is an excellent choice for their versatility in any discipline.
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post #5 of 41 Old 01-25-2011, 07:21 PM
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Appaloosas are very sturdy and intelligent horses. They came to the US from Spanish merchants who traded them with the Nez Perce american indians. The Nez Perce then bred them for their coat patterns and composition. they were among the first to practice gelding in order to remove inferiors from the breeding pool. the nez perce also chose a very common Appy trait, the short mane and "broom tail" so that the animals hair is less likely to get caught in the brush. they come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, from solid to roan, snowflake, blanketed, leopard and any variation of those. They are also well know for having vertically striped hooves and "molted" skin-meaning that the skin underneath the fur is lightly spotted-most visible around the eyes, nose and genital area. it is true that they develop certain types of blindness more frequently than other horse breeds.

Here's my appy, Spotted Eagle (but i call him Chief), but hes very dirty. hes a Leopard, meaning he has a blanket that extends over his entire body with different colored spots- his happen to be a copper color

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post #6 of 41 Old 01-25-2011, 07:37 PM
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omg just had to say your appy kindove looks like mine in some way lol :) I thinks it that there both super handsome :P


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post #7 of 41 Old 01-25-2011, 08:07 PM
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I work with two Appaloosas; My Easy Shaygetz and Big John.

With these two I have learned that Appys are very smart and, like any horse, get bored easily. These specific two don't like doing anything too far out of the norm (such as being in the front of the trail line, which they rarely do). They commonly test us workers, seeing if they can gain "rank."

Other times they play games with us. Shay is famous for stealing hats and bolting with them. John is more apt to search your pockets. They aren't mean-spirited, but certainly have their "bad days" (who doesn't?).

They are very sturdy, like Tinyliny said. In addition to eye problems (which, if I'm not mistaken, can be a cause from their 'eye whites' being so prominent), they also tend to be flat-footed. Shay needs special pads under his shoes to protect the soles and frogs of his feet.

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post #8 of 41 Old 01-25-2011, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the replies! I'm going out this weekend to ride him one more time and decided if I want him! I really appreciate all the replies, it's really been nice to read about everybodys experiences!
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post #9 of 41 Old 01-25-2011, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, and Irishbutterfly and Frankiee, your appys are gorgeous! :)
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post #10 of 41 Old 01-26-2011, 03:02 AM
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Appys are generally sweet natured animals, they can do some jumping and dressage and are great to ride out. Gentle and willing to please. Quite sturdy coz of their background out in the trails or something. Great horses.
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