Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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.