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post #181 of 261 Old 03-16-2013, 10:23 AM
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I have a beautiful app. Even though she has a little tb in her.






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post #182 of 261 Old 03-16-2013, 10:32 AM
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I love my Appy/TB. She was stubborn when I first got her and is hell on wheels if she isn't exercised regularly, but Izzy is one of the smoothest horses I've ever been on. The little extra time that it took to get her going and to get her to trust me was so worth it for the horse that she is now. I wouldn't trade her for anything.
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post #183 of 261 Old 03-16-2013, 11:14 AM
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My appy is my best friend. I've never loved another horse any more than him. He's got the cutest personality, though a bit stubborn.
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post #184 of 261 Old 03-16-2013, 04:20 PM
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I have an Appy and I love him to death! Although sometimes he is far too smart for his own good. He's also quite the character and the clown of the barn, everyone loves him.

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This pic is from last May but I LOVE it!


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post #185 of 261 Old 03-16-2013, 05:05 PM
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Because they are so dang ugly! I OWN ONE! She's a great mare, fun to ride and has the greatest temper, but I absolutely hate her colouring AND the no mane or tale issue.

Great horse but I'll leave it at that
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post #186 of 261 Old 03-16-2013, 06:17 PM
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Nope, not ugly, or at least not supposed to be 100%. Sure the rangy types seen in photos from the Native American days seem rough, but look at their living and using conditions. I'm not a big fan of the people breeding crap stock to get all the leopards either. Love me a nice blanket app.

My grandfather and his father before him bred, trained, traded, and raced Appys. The horses in their photos were far, far from ugly. Sure they had sparse manes and tails, but none of them had the ewe necks and giant jug heads that people associate them with. They weren't quarter horses with spots either. They excelled in every western discipline and my Bob raised, trained, and bred a particularly fantastic colt that went on to win multiple races, that same day you could then take him to a pleasure show and clean house. My dad was literally raised by an old Appy brood mare. At two he was thrown on her back and she would go stand in the shade while he played jungle gym on her for hours. Nothing dangerous or stubborn about her.

I have been looking for an excellent Appy for years, I want one like portrayed in the black and white photos hanging on my grandparents walls. Can't find one. Either they ARE quarter horses with spots, awfully bred for halter and wouldn't last a second in these hills, or else they are crossbred/poorly bred to actually HAVE a ewe neck and jug head and just be loud.

Sigh, some day I'll find "the one", till then I browse and browse shaking my head at what's happened to this amazing breed...
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post #187 of 261 Old 03-16-2013, 07:06 PM
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I have been looking for an excellent Appy for years, I want one like portrayed in the black and white photos hanging on my grandparents walls. Can't find one. Either they ARE quarter horses with spots, awfully bred for halter and wouldn't last a second in these hills, or else they are crossbred/poorly bred to actually HAVE a ewe neck and jug head and just be loud.

Sigh, some day I'll find "the one", till then I browse and browse shaking my head at what's happened to this amazing breed...
Ya mean one like this?...

Sorry, not for sale...

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post #188 of 261 Old 03-16-2013, 07:50 PM
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I don't mind them. Have met good ones and some not so great ones.

Just because they tend to get slammed, I want to turn one into a medium goal polo pony. We have a ranch here in Wyoming, the Wyoming Appaloosa Ranch (WAR), that turns out some decent horses.

I've been to a few shows and like how they seem to showcase the endurance of them. Mostly in the gymkhana classes, but that what it takes in my world.
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post #189 of 261 Old 03-16-2013, 08:10 PM
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I think if people dislike them, it could be because they do have 'attitude". ;) My friend has had several Apps & they have all been very strong minded--yeah, maybe 'bull-headed"--but that's why she likes them. Some people just can't deal with that kind of temperament--while others love them because of it. It's like cats & dogs--lots of people hate cats because they're very independent--me, I love that about them! And yes, they are affectionate.
I've also experienced people disliking Arabs. I own 2 --and if I had a dime for every time I heard the term "crazy Arab"--I'd be a millionaire! :)
Everybody has different opinions--good thing there are so many horse breeds to accommodate us all!
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post #190 of 261 Old 03-16-2013, 08:16 PM
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OH how you tease! (I want the bay/roan mare in the background too!)

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