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post #251 of 261 Old 06-25-2013, 06:02 PM
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The only bad thing I've actually heard about appaloosas is that they're not very smart, but I personally like them a lot.
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post #252 of 261 Old 06-30-2013, 02:53 PM
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I had an appy once and while he had a great talent for jumping he really was dumber than a box of rocks. He absolutely hated the barn owner and broke the latch on his stall three times trying to attack through it. The owner was the kindest person in the world..to this day have no idea why that boy hated him so much. Otherwise the horse was a gentleman to anyone else but it took forever for him to catch on to even the most basic of training but once the light finally clicked on he never forgot. He didn't do too well in the hunter ring as it was Connecticut back in the early 80s and apps just weren't shown hunter..they were only considered western horses. After I sold him, when I joined the military, the girl showed him on the jumper circuit and he did fantastic. The pic is really dated..that was back around 1982. Ignore the position..I was a self-taught jumper at that point :)
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post #253 of 261 Old 06-30-2013, 03:00 PM
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The only bad thing I've actually heard about appaloosas is that they're not very smart, but I personally like them a lot.

You guys should meet my mare. As my vet says "she is WAAAAY smarter than she needs to be."

Just DO it and be happy that you can!
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post #254 of 261 Old 06-30-2013, 03:09 PM
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You guys should meet my mare. As my vet says "she is WAAAAY smarter than she needs to be."
Probably true. We tend to think the one's that don't seem to spark as being dumb but in reality they are just laying in wait for just the right time to show us just how wrong we are :)
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post #255 of 261 Old 07-01-2013, 09:15 PM
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Probably true. We tend to think the one's that don't seem to spark as being dumb but in reality they are just laying in wait for just the right time to show us just how wrong we are :)
Yup...that would be called Appytude.

Appytude has placed many a human in his or her subordinate place in the pecking order...
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post #256 of 261 Old 07-01-2013, 10:39 PM
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I haven't read through this whole post (at least I don't think I have) but my appy mare is too smart for her own good. She can untie a lead rope if its not tied just right. She's the best mama to our little filly, patient, caring and considerate. She's as fast as they come and ridiculously good in the woods. She'll go wherever and never argues. I've ridden all types of horses. Especially here lately and I am so spoiled by my appy. I won't ever have anything but.
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post #257 of 261 Old 07-01-2013, 10:53 PM
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I love Appys. As a matter of fact, I'm considering adding an Appy to my family. I'm currently riding a red roan Appy that belongs to one of the other boarders on a regular basis. He's the same age as my oldest horse he's a "been there done that kinda guy". His name is Biko and I fell in love with him at first sight. He's super calm, predictable, sweet, and will do anything I ask (so far anyways). He's almost white now with roan on his ears and flecks on his body. He looks like something out of a fairy tale! I really love him!
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post #258 of 261 Old 07-03-2013, 08:31 AM
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I don't like appys for their health issues. The Pink skin is prone to cancer. I helped a vet remove a tumor on a gelding sheath, poor thing could not pee properly for months. I have seen 5 year old appys missing eyes, due to cancer. I knew someone who had an appy that had what looked like herpes. He had bloody sores on his sheath and in his mouth, and it was nasty when they popped. He had the best vet care and everything, it was just genetic and there was nothing they could do about it. Appys, being bred for color and not much else at times, tend to have conformation issues and behavior issues. I have dealt with one who would try to attack anyone, horse or person who walked past his stall. Im not saying all appys are like that, but its like saying Arabs are stupid. A lot of the halter ones are because they are bred for looks, not brains. Im not a fan of color breeds mostly because they get hung up on the color and not whats more important. But that's just my opinion.
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post #259 of 261 Old 07-05-2013, 04:06 AM
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The only bad thing I've actually heard about appaloosas is that they're not very smart, but I personally like them a lot.
Lol I'd say whoever said that does not know them too well. Personally I find they're extremely intelligent and catch on a lot quicker than majority of other breeds

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post #260 of 261 Old 07-05-2013, 04:18 AM
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I wonder the same thing about arabians..honestly..i love my arabian lol..as for appys...i love them too..even tho the one I had when I was younger seemed to be dumb as a rock :( this horse kept running into fences and slashing his chest and neck open..vet said his sight and hearing was fine...he would also lean as you tried to mount him..so it felt like he would fall over lol..needless to say..after $60,000 worth of vet bills..my poor mom gave up and gave him to a friend of ours...that was the first and last appy we ever owned lol
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