Okay, here comes the shocker! xD I love Appaloosas!
Why do I like them? Well, for one, the color. I go to a rodeo, or a trail ride, and people stare in awe at my marked horse while they all have plain sorrels or bays. Doesn't that get old? There is no other horse close to resembling mine.
Second of all, okay, Appaloosas that are QH with spots, meaning, only one parent is an Appy, is not considered a 'true appy' in my book. The appy horses I will ever own, can have QH and Arabian, but it has to be at least 4 generations back, more is desirable.
Appaloosas generally have good temperaments, and are very very hardy. They have awesome hooves, never need shoes really. They are (depending on the lines) very strong willed. Some people take that as being mean, and unruly, but if you bond with that animal with Join-Up and show them who is boss, they will put that strong willedness (comes from Arabian) towards pleasing you.
Two things I don't like about Appaloosas, they are prone to moonblindness more than other breeds, and I hate 'rat' mane and tails, if they have a 'rat' mane and tail a lot of the times they will also have very thin skin and get irritated by bugs more easily and its a constant battle when riding.
But I would ride an Appy over another breed anyday! ;)
Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back. -- Unkown