Augh I can't find a picture of this little colt. He was such a darling little guy, really people orientated. Cuter than baby kittens with his spots and 'Love me! LOVE ME MORE! LOVE MEEEEE' personality.
Me, I like 'em. Most of them. I don't think I could handle one with an attitude -- I haven't, after all, ever owned a horse, and that's kind of like being an apprentice falconer with a goshawk -- but I think they're absolutely beautiful. I also like their history. They're pretty awesome horses :) My uncle had an Appy. His name was Face. He was a beautiful, typical red roan appy with gorgeous markings...my uncle let us ride his sweet little mare (stock horse of some sort) bareback, but I don't think anybody else could ride Face. ;)
I'd love to have a heavier built Appy. I've heard they are more slender built but never really looked into it O.o
They're was the CUTEST chestnut Leopard spot appy colt at my old stable. He was adorable. Lemme see if I can find a picture...
Here is my boy, he is heavier built, but still looks good! He was my breeding stallion, but I gelded him in 2007.
Editing in one more pic. When at the trainers we cut his mane, but he has a FULL mane and tail. I don't understand either why people stereotype appaloosas and arabs both. But I always hear people saying "They'd never own a stubborn appaloosa" or that "Appaloosas are ugly with their jug heads". Granted, some of them can be stubborn, and some do have the jug head but that don't mean that they ALL are that way.
For me, it depends on the horse. I'm not a huge coloured fan... so if I don't like the colouring of the horse, no matter its breed, I just don't like it... doesn't mean its not a safe and gentle horse. Over here in NZ, Appys seem to be cropping up recently. I've seen a couple with lovely markings, and some that I had to try and push the "bad" colour away from it to see if it had good conformation. Each to their own I say. I try not to be breed biased as I own Standardbreds and know what its like to have heavy prejudice against your horses' breed... so much that people who stand there saying how amazing your horse is change their mind when they see the big brand on their necks. x
I know alot of people that don't like apps. No idea why though. Their patterns make them unique and they are virtually an all around horse. You can use them for almost anything. My horse is part app and I love him to death.
I am an unapologetic Appaloosa fan-- pretty much all types, patterns, bloodlines-- I love 'em!
I can understand if people don't like whatever various appaloosa coat patterns, pink/mottled skin, thin tails, or are not a fan of their "generally" stock horse conformation (although there are plenty of Appaloosas with "normal" to heavy manes and tails, not much mottled/pink skin, etc.... there are a ton of possible colors and patterns, including solids.... and Appaloosas do come in a wide variety of body types)
That said, I think there are a couple of reasons that people get a bad "overall" impression of Appaloosas besides the above--
One reason? Generally, Appaloosas are pretty affordable, and their color attracts people. Unfortunately some people breed for color without breeding for other more important qualities. This creates some poor examples that can be bought even more cheaply, and then more people who don't want to spend any money buy these, breed them, and the cycle continues.
Another reason?-- color recognition. Many people consider anything with appaloosa coloring an Appaloosa. Color is just one Appaloosa trait-- The horse might be a mustang-percheron-walking horse-shetland cross (nothing against any of those breeds, but you can imagine the train wreck if they are all carelessly thrown together in one horse, LOL) but slap spots on its but and its suddenly an appaloosa! I guess just like some folks will call any chunky big-hipped solid chestnut a quarter horse....
And, because people remember those spots, IMO they are more likely to remember the bad ones. If someone rides 10 stubborn ill-tempered chunky big-hipped chestnuts in a row, They probably wouldn't think too much of it-- and wouldn't start to think that all Quarter horses were stubborn or ill-tempered.... but if they rode 10 stubborn ill-tempered horses with spotted butts..... they most likely will start to think all Appaloosas are a problem!
Again, I love 'em-- here is a sampling of Appaloosas I own or have owned, have bred, or offspring of stallions I have owned..... a wide variety--
Personally I try and not steriotype the breed, but with appy's (as well as other flashy breeds like paint or palominos), I find that I'm always a little more wary of their conformation due to just being bred for color and not substance.
Obviously that's not always the case, as I have two paints (though one isn't polka-dotted!), but that's just what I've observed. It all depends on the individual horse.
I personally like them...or at least most :) I had owned trained and shown Morgans and Saddlebreds most of my riding career. I never dreamed of owning at "peanut pusher" like a QH or an Appy...I then had a lot of health issues and got out of horses for about 2 years. When I was finally allowed to start riding again, of course I had to BUY a horse.lol I found my Appy mare Christy rotting away in a field, a 6 yr old that had 10 rides TOPS on her...and of course no power steering, manners or speed control...but I had to have her. There was someting about her. Within 9 months she was starting 1st level Dressage movements (with me taking lessons, butI have done ALL the saddle work etc with her). She is the most encouraging horse I have ever owned! Yeah she can be stubborn, but I'm just as pigheaded and we make a great team! Sadly, we are still recovering from a very serious injury from back in Septemeber and she is still not rideable, we have gone through surgery, etc...but I wouldn't give her up for the world!
I can see why some people may not like the looks of htem...I didn't use to! But then again I think there's ugly horses or mean ones in every breed! I think there's ugly apps, QH's TB's Arabs, morgans, ASB's...everything! BUT...I have also seen many beautiful examples of those breeds. I tend to look over arabs because they tend to be a little too small fo rme, like Pasos...but that's because I'm 5'8. Now, if I found any of those breeds that were what I needed discipline wise...gimme gimme! A good horse is a good horse :)
This is my baby...wish us luck in recovery!!