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post #101 of 261 Old 03-03-2009, 06:41 PM
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I've seen some GORGEOUS appies, but I think a lot of them are ugly.

I don't like their human-eyes, and I don't like their thin manes or their rat tails. I also don't like when they have pink skin or freckles all over their noses and eyes.

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post #102 of 261 Old 03-03-2009, 08:25 PM
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post #103 of 261 Old 03-03-2009, 10:55 PM
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Does anyone know why the appaloosa had such a coarse look for a while? Does anyone know the history of that?

I am a tried and true appaloosa person, having grown up with them.

Back in the day, I had a great appaloosa filly that I had just been riding for maybe a year, when I tried out for Rodeo queen on her. I got so much flack from the cowboys at all the rodeo's for riding a 'jughead'. I just smiled back at them and waved with one finger.

Well, one rodeo, one of the cowboy's that gave me the most crap, was helping behind the gates of the wild horse race. I was sitting there, on my 'jughead' and watching. His horse was going absolutely ballistic. Freaking out at everything! I looked at him and asked him who was on the jughead, and rode away. In fact, my horse was always the quiet one, never digging holes at the trailer, never spooking or kicking at others, yet always ready to 'turn on the sauce' when I needed her too.

I never got any crap about my horse after that. I love proving people wrong...

She never got mare-ish. She never spooked. She was a big, obvious, yet well put together mare. I miss her.
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post #104 of 261 Old 03-04-2009, 12:45 AM
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The original post was "Why do so many people hate Appaloosas?"

I have compiled a list below.

1. They are jealous.

2. They lack the horse savy to handle these very intelligent animals.

3. They can't depend on the Appy to fill in the gaps in their ability to ride.
(i.e. make the rider look good when they really aren't)

4. Only a chosen few are worthy of this magnificent breed. Those of us deemed worthy accept this honor with humble humility. (head bowed in solemness)

Hope this has answered the OP. Thank-you and goodnight.
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post #105 of 261 Old 03-04-2009, 08:51 AM
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I'm one who likes perfect markings or non at all. I don't really like their coats and coloring and they are known for having no manes and tails which I relly don't like. As for temper, I have heard many different opinions on it but I have never worked or ridden one (that I can think of)so I can't make an opinion on thta end.
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post #106 of 261 Old 03-04-2009, 09:28 AM
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Personally i think Appys are ugly ugly ugly. Sorry but that my opinion, they are too busy with their coloring. Their heads are ugly and i don't like their tails. I find that they have no show appeal at all. But thats just me.
That just hit a sore spot for me!!! i think some QH are butt ugly. Toby is full appaloosa and has a full mane and tail and the most beautiful coat pattern ever. the are also the most the kind hearted horse breed. Toby would be offened if he could hear the way you guys are talking. Also they are not big warmbloods that are in the ring doing the big jumps i am sorry but people who do not like appys have a problem because they have never ridden one.

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post #107 of 261 Old 03-04-2009, 09:41 AM
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So, I haven't read all of the posts on this thread as I came in wayy late. But I'll still throw in my 2 cents.
For me it's not that I dislike appys. I don't dislike any horse breed in general, because a horse from a breed that is supposed to be "terrible, unruly, aggressive etc" could be just as sweet, kind and gentle as the next. You have shown some pictures of some very nice horses in this thread! And from what I have read, it sounds to me as well that you have some very nice horses.
I myself though am not generally drawn to an appys coloring. I prefer a solid color or large spots like most paints have. But that wouldn't stop me from getting an Appy if I came across one who had a wonderful temperment and were right for me. There is much more to a horse than color.

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post #108 of 261 Old 03-04-2009, 01:47 PM
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I don't go by breed for the most of the time, I go by conformation, temperment and if the horse can do the job I want - which is eventing. I wont take a horse that will hinder me, where I want one that aids and takes me that one step closer to my goals.

I have seen some gorgeous Appaloosa's, and I have seen some butt ugly Appaloosa's.

I do love their coats, but I dislike the piebald no tail appy's.

Have I ridden and owned Appaloosa's? Yep, you bet - but only because that specific horse *regardless of breed* was suited for my needs.

I have seen some butt ugly QH's and some beautifully bred QH's. I have seen some hideous TB's and some beautifully well put together TB's. While I dislike most Draft Crosses, I have some some gorgeous Draft Crosses. I have seen ugly Appendix's, and some beautiful Appendix's

It all depends on how the horse is built, bred and how their temperment merges with mine. Can the animal do what I want to do. That is what is the deciding factor for me.

If I came across a 16.3hh Appaloosa with pink skin and no tail and lack of mane - and that horse can do what I want to do, I'll buy it. If that horse can go Training Level or higher in Eventing - alrighty than!


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post #109 of 261 Old 03-04-2009, 03:42 PM
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Good post! I agree.

I've never met an appy I didn't like, though. We have 3 at the ranch where I ride; one is an old-style appy and he is too cool! He has short horse syndrome, but is having a sudden growth spurt and is not so short anymore.

He picked out the toughest gelding (a BLM Mustang) and kicked his butt. He is really fast too--the other horses can't catch him.

He is a total sweetheart with the kids though. He hates to be separated from his girl, Hannah. She can climb all over him and he doesn't move. She is riding him in our drill team, too, and he is doing really well.

He's really young; they were told that he was 5, but they are now figuring out that he is probably only 2 1/2 or 3. He had been passed from auction house to auction house, so he had to be tough to survive. But he still loves people. I think he's really cute too. He gets a lot of attention when the drill team performs!

Another appy is Dolly, a cute little mare who is dead broke and a joy to ride. The other is Sundance, a BLM mustang who was supposed to be unridable. They finally got him broke to ride last week and he is doing really well.

Dolly and Sundance are both sorrell with a white blanket, and are very round. Sundance is fat, but now that they are riding him maybe he'll get in shape! lol

I might be getting a black appy yearling...no spots yet, but maybe he'll get a few later. He's adorable. I'm so excited!

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post #110 of 261 Old 03-04-2009, 05:26 PM
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MIEventer, well said! That's what it all comes down to doesn't it. A horse doen't go by it's looks.
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