Originally Posted by lilkitty90
the appy mane and tail thing because the standard Appy mane and tail that comes with the original breeding is a rat mane and tail. Bred to be sparse by the native american's so neighboring tribes (when they were at war) couldn't pull the and grab the horse by the mane and tail because it was sparse and small.
Thats a myth - the mane got like that after the horses were very rare, after being taken from Natives. Alot of Appaloosas were crossed into Draft breeds for use on the farm and were later crossed agin with lighter breeds to try to bring back them back closer to the original. Google info on foundation bred Appaloosas, the idea that Appies originally had sparse manes and tails is just false.