I have found appy's to be a very unique breed. Very smart aleast the ones I have known and brave.
When I would trail ride with my friend I sometimes rode her appy and he was not a spook and run horse like her others, rather he would stand his ground and access the situation. If he felt threatened then he would charge what ever animal was on the trail yes with me on him, but he also made sure I was ok with it. Would kind of turn his head towards me as if to say hold on. He was 33 when he passed. :(
People are crazy, I have a feeling they want a horse they can just put on "auto pilot" without any 'appytude'. Personally I love appies, own one and ride several. Most are incredible trail horses, smart and sound. My two year old is the sanest horse I've ever had the pleasure of training.
The 'old man' of the farm, he was an auction rescue. Rode hard young, then used for 4h and after nearly starved to death. Best beginner horse on the farm, although he has some arthritis, so only does shorter rides. This is bareback through the snow
Draft/appy. One of the best trail horses on the farm.
Foundation appy gelding, I pulled out of the meat buyers pen, my bo fell in love with him, bought him and broke him out. Now a great trail horse
My awesome 2 year old. Just put the first ride on her the other day. In the barn yard, bareback with a rope halter on.
Here's my appy Cherokee. She's a dream on the trail, as sure footed as they come. Very patient and level headed but if you want her to go you better hold on out cause she flat out flies. I am in love with this horse. She's due to foal now any day.
I've come to learn that it doesn't matter if someone doesn't like your horse, it's YOUR horse, YOU are the one that has to like it. Breed stereotypes, haters, whatever, don't bother me.
This is so true, not matter WHAT bred you are talking about!
I used to have Arabians. I caught all kinds of flack. But they were awesome trail horses and took good care of me and I adored them. (They have since passed away or I would still have them).
I have one friend who will only ride gaited horses. And other that will only ride Quarter Horses. I don't care what other people think of my horses. They are MY horses so they only have to please me. No one else.
I think its wrong to simply dislike a certain breed for no apparent reason, as its generally not the breed, but the horse. That being said... I don't think Appaloosas are ugly, but rather unique. You can pick them out of a crowd. I have never met any other Appaloosas, so I don't know how the general personality is like. I have a crapaloosa though... ;) he's the biggest butt head of a horse I've ever met. He's agressive, stubborner than a mule, spooky, and tends to lose his head, not to mention he doesnt have a tail, nor mane I don't hate him, actually far from it, but I certainly prefer my Arab over him any day. I guess he's just different, and requires more time to be spent with him.
I try not to buy or judge a horse by its color, alone. Although, that isn't always easy as I know I would probably buy a dapple grey from a door to door salesman if it had the right coat color.
Anyway, my AppyX mare is often "mistaken" for the opposite of what she is - dependable and sweet. She has harmless antics..as do many other horses. I have wondered if she were a solid color and didn't have the white sclera, would she ever be/have been misjudged? I originally bought and trained her for my daughter, I certianly would not put my child on a "scary" horse. From my experience, an appy (or appyX) can do everything perfectly and then some, but if there is going to be any comments relating to "temperment"...it won't be directed at the solid horses that aren't as able or responsive - but what? Don't "look" like they might do "something"? Sorry for the rant, I just hold it in when this happens and say nothing...but then I have a long conversation w the wall about what I could have said. It makes me want to join an "appy power" group. ;)
Like others have said, every breed has its flaws (in this case appearance) but all of them are different.
BlueSpark's Appies are beautiful!
I can't get enough of Appaloosas. There are some that are rather unattractive, etc. but I mean...My filly's yearling pictures were pretty...Ugly...Conformation wise she looked like a noodle on steroids. She's better now and more filled out. I've even seen Gypsies and Friesians that are horribly ugly. And those are considered one of the most beautiful breeds.