The cavalry killing those horses, should be viewed as a testment to their toughness and adilty to be used as cavalry mounts. It was common pactice for the tribes' ponies to be taken into army control.. This hurt their pribe and removed their strongest advanage the trides had over the army. The thought of a herd of Appas getting into the hands of Sioux warriors, was enough to make any trooper or field serving officer very nervous. It could be compare to a M1A2 Abrams into the hands of Sadam's Army in 2001. I am miltary history and cavalry bluff.
. I am not saying it was the right choice, but I thought why it was made might help.
I actually did my Master's Thesis in History on the appaloosa horse and the Nez Perce Indians (native americans. This is one remarkable breed of horse. If people were more educated and understood their history they would only have admiration for this magnificant animal. Please inform yourselves! I hate to think that our cavalry slaughtered so many of them to get the natives onto reservations. I only have the utmost respect for this horse and so should you! Em
For me, lots of pink skin is unappealing, in any breed of horse. That being said, I really adore a black blanket Appaloosa. XD
Lack of knowledge is what makes me not like Appaloosas. I've only known one and it was a bad experiance for me. Firstly, he was very skittish/spooky and many people fell off of him. I remeber once he gave his owner a really bad rope burn because he freaked out at the wind. The first and last time I rode him he ran away with me and I fell off and hit my back against a pole. He was a character though, even if he was somewhat not right in the head. We once saw him eat a whole mouse. O_0 So yeah, if I knew more Appaloosas and had good experiances with them, then I might have a change of mind. :) We don't have too many of them here.
My sister had a very bad experience with an appy.. the horse was absolutly psycho, we couldn't do anything with it, but thankfully we were able to sell her to a lady that wanted to put a lot of time in with the horse and try and train her. I think she still owns Misty.
But I wouldn't stereotype all appaloosa's like that.. I know other people who have them, and they are wonderful, loving horses.
And I don't think they're ugly.. I think most appys are very pretty actually.
Hawaiigirl- I completely agree with you about the pink skin thing
When I went looking for my first horse the last thing I thought I'd get is an Appy. Nothing against them they just weren't my ideal. I had planned to go to an auction when a friend of mine told me she was going to sell Koda and thought we would be a good match. I thought, why not? He defenatly was not what I had in mind but coming from a friend whos horse knowledge and judgement I trusted ment more. He is a foundation Appaloosa and from what I've been told and read he is the image of Appys bred by the Native Americans. I love his spikey mane and while I wish he had a tail after brushing the tail on my friends Arab, I am so glad for his short tail!
Our personalities clash sometimes and he can be incredibly stubborn and independent but after spending time with him and a lot of ground work we are a great team and I wouldn't trade him for anything! I have yet to have anyone tell me he's ugly and infact I had to start telling people that I'd put them on the list if I ever sold him (not that I ever would).
I had a Appaloosa X QH cross. She turned out to be a palomino when she lost her baby hair (we thought she was white when born). She was very bullheaded and stubborn and had to be trained very much like my mustang mare has had to be trained. They do things in their own time not on my time. When they are good and ready to do something, they will more than happily do it, until then, you can forget it. If you can understand this trait does come along with the app breed sometimes, you will get along great with apps. As far as colors go, I think they are all neat, but love leopord apps. My mom owns a miniature blanket app gelding, he is awesome! Bullheaded, but awesome! These pics are of my appxqh sadly she no longer belongs to me, I had to sell her due to not enough time. She was gorgeous, or at least I thought she was.
I got her as a 2 year old that had never even had a halter on or been touched by a human. This is her as a 4 year old being started under saddle.
I think Appy's are so super cute... I remember about 15 years ago they had crossed the TB's into the appy line trying to get a taller horse and ended up with a lot of hot heads so people were screaming that all appy's were CRAZY! I rode an Appy/Arab cross for a long time, his name was Mr. Chips, he looked like your everyday quarter horse bodied appy with the mane and tail of an arab He was a strange color, kind of grayish brown w/ cream colored blaze and socks and his blanket on his butt was a cream color instead of white. Man I loved that horse, I begged and begged my parents to buy him... but they said no... sniff... I like Appys.....
All I know is that all the apps I've met have had bad attitudes. Not really mean or anything, they just seem to resent people. I find you have to fight for everything you get out of them. People complain about ponies but once you pass the test with a pony they will go to hell and back for you - Appaloosas on the other hand never stop being recalcitrant no matter what. At least that's been my experience.