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    01-26-2011, 03:37 AM
  #11
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Creampuff    
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.
I have never heard of appaloosas having eye problems stemming from the amount of sclera they have. I also have never heard of them being flatfooted. In general, Appaloosas are known to have very good feet. My gelding goes three, sometimes four months in between trims and my farrier only ever takes off a bit of heel and a smaller bit of toe.
     
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    01-26-2011, 06:43 AM
  #12
Banned
I think apps are like any other breed. Yes, you can generalize some, but there are all kinds.

I have one that is very flat footed and I have one that has amazing feet.
I have one that I would trust with your 90yo grandmother and I have one that I worry even when a pro gets on her back.
     
    01-26-2011, 08:05 AM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by kassierae    
I have never heard of appaloosas having eye problems stemming from the amount of sclera they have. I also have never heard of them being flatfooted. In general, Appaloosas are known to have very good feet. My gelding goes three, sometimes four months in between trims and my farrier only ever takes off a bit of heel and a smaller bit of toe.
That could very well be from my boss and farrier, who told me this information. The sclera "bit" was told to me by Shay's owner, who said they could get eye cancers from it (sensitive flesh? Not sure myself).

I suppose it would depend on the breeding of the animal; selective or not. Both of our Appys have bad feet; Shay's are flat (in his front) and John's can crumble easily, even after extensive hoof care.

Regardless, I would love Appys as my horse. They're intelligent and playful. Shay is growing old (I'm not sure how old he is, nearing 20 I think), and unlike our other horses his age who mostly chill in the pasture, he is perfectly content playing with the other horses and snagging our tools and hats to play with. (We also have a Tennessee Walking Horse pinto gelding who is notorious for stealing a handful of baling twine and darting off with it, "laughing at us" the whole way.)

I also concur with AlwaysBehind. We have one Quarter who is sweet-as-can-be, and another who's a total b. One 6-year-olds can ride by themselves, the other some expert riders don't enjoy.
     
    01-26-2011, 10:54 AM
  #14
Weanling
They can be good horses, if you choose the right temperament etc.

One thing to keep in mind is, that in the english show ring, the judges frown on appaloosas.
     
    01-26-2011, 11:15 AM
  #15
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Originally Posted by EmilyandNikki    

One thing to keep in mind is, that in the english show ring, the judges frown on appaloosas.
None have every frowned on mine. When he had a good round he got appropriate ribbons.


Too many people blame their lack of ribbons on the judge being prejudiced against their breed when it is usually based on eight (or six) others having a better trip/ride than they did.
     
    01-26-2011, 11:16 AM
  #16
Green Broke
I love my Appy girls. They are both amazing horses, but they are just that, horses. And like every other horse out there it all depends on the horse that your looking at.

A lot of people stereotype Appys into a bad group. I'm not sure why. I LOVE mine, and they have become my breed of choice. Mine are wonderful, docile, smart, hardy, and are full of personality.

Here are my girls!

Daisy





And Wooty.








ETA!!! I forgot to mention that my mare Wooty sunburns easily on her back and hind quarters. She has thin hair and light skin so I put sunscreen on her when it's bright out!
     
    01-26-2011, 11:37 AM
  #17
Foal
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Originally Posted by Lonestar22    
A lot of people stereotype Appys into a bad group. I'm not sure why. I LOVE mine, and they have become my breed of choice. Mine are wonderful, docile, smart, hardy, and are full of personality.
I completely agree!! I've adored appys since the first time i've seen one and just became infatuated the first time I rode one.

Your girls are gorgeous by the way
     
    01-26-2011, 12:42 PM
  #18
Green Broke
Well thank you!! Wooty actually looks terrible in those pics, she was so underweight! Now she's fat with a big ol' pasture belly. Lol.
     
    01-26-2011, 12:52 PM
  #19
Foal
My first horse was a Appaloosa. He had a great temperament. Lived to be 31. He had eye issues as as someone mentioned they are prone to. I want to own another one day. Love them.
     
    01-28-2011, 02:46 AM
  #20
Foal
Attitudes they do have...alot of people do not like them because of their eyes. They have a LOT OF WHITE AND PEOPLE SAY IT MAKES THEM LOOK CRAZY. They are good hearty horses,very smart, athletic, but can be stubborn. They were a breed of horse produced by the Indians so they had to be good for any purpose.

This is Apple...and she is very spirited and very mean, 6 years old



This is Apache, wonderful 3 year old, he actually has a nice temperment and very willing to please.
     

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