I've always loved Appaloosas. My second pony was a little POA (as a kid, I thought any horse with the trademark spots was an Appy
) who had the spiky mane, mottled skin, and small, pink "pig eyes." She was a little crazy and hard to handle but our best guess is that she was abused at some point. I was one of the only people who could ever catch her. She was fine under saddle though!
She had a colt who was born solid brown and varnished out and had the pig eyes as well. He got a fairly full mane and tail, from his QH pony sire. He was sweet as could be, a big puppy, and quite the opposite from his dam.
The Appy mare I adopted last year, in the pictures below, is a "different" kind of Appy, I think. She has the tiniest ears and a slight dish to her face, it seems?, so I don't think she's purebred and I really don't care if she is or not. I'd like to know what kind of mix she might be, though... I've heard she might have Arabian, which could be where the high stockings/lots of face white come from? Sorry guys, I am not very good with horse genetics.
She has the puppy personality too and is extremely smart. Her mane and tail aren't the fullest and don't grow quickly, but they're not sparse (although half of her mane wants to fall on one side and half on the other!). Her forelock doesn't grow much and the hair naturally parts in the middle no matter what I do to it, but it's cute (you can see it in the second picture).
I don't think her eyes look "piggish" but they are outlined in black so maybe it just doesn't show up as much. I think she's one of the prettiest Appys I've seen--but I might be a little biased.
My farrier says he doesn't like Appaloosas because they have a certain "smell" to them! Has anyone ever heard that before?