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. :(