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post #241 of 261 Old 05-30-2013, 09:56 AM
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I think Appy's are great. I have never met one I didn't like. I will say I prefer one-colored skin on the eyes and muzzle to the mottling, but a friend of mine had an Appy from a HUS-bred line and he was absolutely stunning, and is easily one of my favorite horses of all time. Would have bought him in a heartbeat if he were for sale.
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post #242 of 261 Old 05-30-2013, 11:30 AM
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Its a metter of personal oppinion. I dislike Appys and would never go and look at one myself.
I can't stand blue eyes, they give me the creeps, so any horse with blue eyes is out of the question for me.
Appys I find tend to be quite common in thier heads, iffy in thier confo and generaly have no tail to speak about. These are general observations I personaly have made of the breed having watched a few breed classes at county shows and when trying a few out for a friend whilst she was looking for a horse, it may not represent the whole breed.

TBH I just Find them plain ugly and wouldnt have one, but it is my personal oppinion and I am entitled to it. Just as people are entitled to think that my pony is ugly or he is simply not thier cup of tea.

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post #243 of 261 Old 06-10-2013, 02:15 PM
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Yeahhh, my dad refers to them as "Assaloosas".

The only experience I have with them is with the ones I took lessons on as a kid. This trainer only dealt with Appys. They were okay when I first started out with simple stuff, but they were generally very lazy and didn't want to move out, which frustrated me as I progressed.

That's probably not a breed specific trait at ALL, it's probably just how the trainer had taught them to be, but it was amusing that if I mentioned it to other horse people, they'd laugh and say "Yep, that's an Appy". Interesting how views like that get started.
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post #244 of 261 Old 06-10-2013, 02:37 PM
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Then again, why do people hate Arabians, or Thoroughbreds, or Drafts, or really any breed, color, or style? I think it all boils down to opinions and, in some cases, ignorance.

ETA: NOT bashing on Arabians, TB's, or Drafts. Just trying to make a point.

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post #245 of 261 Old 06-10-2013, 02:57 PM
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I used to not like appaloosas at all. I thought they were ugly.
Now however I know of two very great, very differently marked appys that I absolutely love. I think their markings make them stand out and I actually love them now :)
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post #246 of 261 Old 06-11-2013, 12:12 PM
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Apps do have a reputation, haha. A boarder at my farm and my college roommate both have one and I hear ALL about the things people like to say about them.

I think the reputation is unfair. Yes, some apps are ugly and some have bad attitudes. I think it comes down to ****ty breeding, honestly. People overbreed/bred them because of their markings and cool blankets. Kind of like the reputation Dalmatians have for having poor temperaments due to the breed doom after 101 Dalmatians. I know plenty of sport-bred apps that are fantastic, attractive, flashy athletes. People should look past the rumors and talk and stop assuming that a few bad apples don't make people start hating apples.

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post #247 of 261 Old 06-11-2013, 01:02 PM
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I don't think its the horses problem.....Ever
I think its the trainers/owners problem if there is a problem w/horses in any breed.
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post #248 of 261 Old 06-13-2013, 05:30 PM
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Appaloosa

Of the 3 horses we own Luna the Appaloosa mare is by far my favorite. The Rocky Mountain gelding and Paint X QH gelding are great horses but they just don't have the personality of Luna. Luna was bought for my my 8 year old daughter but turned out to be too much horse for her so now I or my 13 year old neice ride her. She is stubborn but once she learns to trust you and convince her that you are right she'll do anything for you. When you ride Luna and she performs for you you get a great sense of accomplishment. I like the joke why don't cowboys like Appaloosas? Because you have to be smarter than your horse.
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post #249 of 261 Old 06-17-2013, 03:47 AM
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Ive heard people say they are stubborn, mean, unhealthy, have thin manes/ tails etc... but the 2 that I know are the exact opposite, the appy gelding at my sister's barn is the sweetest thing so I guess it just depends on peoples experiences with them...
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post #250 of 261 Old 06-18-2013, 10:06 AM
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I think some people don't like Appys because they look like no other horse breed. Most are blacks,chestnuts, grays, and golds, so when they first see a spotted horse their reaction is probably a bad one. (I'd say that their all just jealous:))
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