Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: East Bay Area , California
History of appaloosas, confirmation, and pros and cons in a nutshell.
It drives me nuts when people always call appaloosas colored quarter horses. They are a breed. And they are not all that similar to QHs. Somewhat in build i guess to your average person but they are very different. The appaloosas history is not totally confirmed but they did originate in North America. They were short spotted and roan horses seen near the Palouse river. So people would say "thats a palouse horse" and it soon turned into appaloosa. The native americans were the first to be seen using the breed because their spotted and roan coats were perfect camouflage while out hunting or in battle. They also tend to have coarser longer coats and coarse mains and tails. They are made to withstand brush and harsher climates then the american's QHs who generally have a shorter finer coat, mane and tail. Appaloosas come in red roans, blue roans, red and blue roans, black, bay and sorrel with blankets. They also have snowflake , Leopard, and few spot patterns. And i have seen a few whites and palominos. They can even be registered solid and will usually throw color if bred to a colored appy. Conformation wise they are usually short, around or under 15.1 hands. Have a more narrow chest than a QH and have longer sloping hindquarters instead of very pronounced ones of a QH. They usually have a slighty more sway or curvy back and not quite as short as a QH. They usually have a slightly longer neck and face than a QH. They are used for racing, so the blood lines can be mixed with TBs and you will usually see them very tall long and lean. I think they might also have a heightened sense of smell and hearing. As far as personality, They are very brave and smart. They were war horses back in the old west and usually have more stamina and drive and can tolerate harsh conditions. They are also hearty eaters and have good feet. And a true appy usually will have a slightly heavier bone structure to them than a QH. Especially in the legs. They are good at being able to perform many tasks and can be versatile, mine did dressage and barrels and trails. Their fall backs...They are very STUBBORN and if they can, they will get set in their ways. And ive never met one that can be rode in a simple snaffle outside of the round pen. When they are out in the elements they tend to want to run and be free spirited and have a good time and will fight you if you hold them back. They also have a high risk and are prone to going blind due to uvelitis. Mine was completely blind. But it didn't stop him much. And its best to keep lighter ones out of the sun or with sheets on. And always fly masks to protect eyes from sun exposure for long periods. They also seem to have good longevity cause heres mine in his last days, in his late 30s, hes a little thin, but he still wanted to go ride and wouldn't let anything take away his spirit. Best horse i ever had. Would definitely recommend them as a top notch breed!