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    08-16-2008, 10:24 AM
  #61
Green Broke
For horses of color i've always gone by the saying "god offered 'em spots or brains..."

I'm sure there are plenty of appys out there that are just awesome horses. I think that they are a bit harder to "get their number" than some of the other breeds, and that's why people find some to be so difficult.

Personally? I don't like the excess pink skin found on many appys, nor the tendency for many to have small/pig eyes (i also go by the saying for all horses that only the crazy or dumb ones have small eyes; the bigger the eye, the bigger the brain!) I'm not a huge fan of loud coloring, either, so if I were in the market for another horse, I probably would not look at an appy. I do love their little broomstick tails and scraggly manes though - - that I think looks cute :)
     
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    08-16-2008, 10:37 AM
  #62
Green Broke
I am just coming in on this thread and have not read every post, so if I am repeating someone, I apologize.

First let me say I slobber over the Leopard Apps. Also, if it hasn't been said, Apps were a gaited breed way back in days of old.

There are still gaited Apps that descend from a stallion of the Nez Pierce Indian tribe. It is referred to as the Indian Shuffle.

On to my dislike for Apps (which is a long way from hate).

It is not really the App that I dislike. It's the morons that started breeding them in the 60's to produce flash and color.

As can happen in any breed, these people were so focused on color, that they forgot about the brains.

All the Apps I was ever acquainted with in the 60's & 70's were about 1/3 flake short of a full bale of hay.

They had quirky, more unpredictable than usual dispositions, and many times were just down right mean.

From my generation standpoint THAT is what gave Apps a bad name.

I do not keep up with Appaloosa, QH, or APHA breeding programs, but I have been told that the indiscriminate breeding simply to get a "lit up' horse has been or is being turned around.

Would I ever own an App? No because my heart is with the Arab/crosses and I now ride Tennessee Walkers (also in my heart) in order to keep riding
     
    08-16-2008, 10:26 PM
  #63
Foal
Those people are stinkies. -.-

Jk, I love Appys to death!
     
    08-16-2008, 10:55 PM
  #64
Weanling
I rode an appy as a child. His name was Darby. He was my most favorite awesome horse at my schooling barn.

He was cranky, and stubborn, but fabulous.
     
    08-16-2008, 10:59 PM
  #65
Weanling
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for horses of color i've always gone by the saying "god offered 'em spots or brains..."
Aren't all horses "of color"? What standpoint are you coming from? White horses?
     
    08-17-2008, 02:18 AM
  #66
Foal
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Originally Posted by geewillikers
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for horses of color i've always gone by the saying "god offered 'em spots or brains..."
Aren't all horses "of color"? What standpoint are you coming from? White horses?
hahaha! Nice gee, very nice!

Any horse that is independent and will think on their own has brains.
     
    08-17-2008, 03:44 PM
  #67
Foal
Having owned, Arabs, QHs, Paints, TB x, Draft x, and Appys. I really don't see a diff, but then again, Ill have a mare and a gelding and don't see the diff. Its all in the eye, feel of the horse, of the owner.
Some people don't understand them, or Arabs, or TBs, and that makes those horses different to them. When you are open to all breeds, then it don't matter, and the horse reacts to that.
IMHO anyway.

I mean, give me a full out draft and Im intimidated by their size.
I would not make a good match for them, so I just drool over them, and let it be.
So glad Myst is only 1/2 draft and shorter...lol

Example. My horses know I like spunk, so I let them have it, but controlled. City is my spunk butt. Myst knows I need her calm, like when I bought her, she gets out of line, I put her back in place, yet let her show her stuff on lead or lunge with me, she understands what I need from her.

Love a good App. Full blood or cross. Love the pics you all put up!! Beautiful.
     
    08-17-2008, 05:08 PM
  #68
Trained
I admit I am one of those people that Appy's just don't do anything for.

I know perhaps I'm a bit shallow... if I don't like looking at something, I just don't have any desire to want to do anything with it. In a really messed up sense I think that makes sense...lol

I don't like their eyes, I don't like their colours.
There has been a few Appy's I've seen where I'm like "Well, you're not too bad for an Appy" but I'd never purchase one.

In that same breath, I'm the exact same way with Paints and Pintos.
They just don't do a thing for me.

Which is fine. They do a lot for other people. Just like my Arabians.
I've seen some AMAZING working Appy's at the Canadian Supreme when it comes to Reining and Working Cow.
They aren't useless - I just don't like the looks of them.
     
    08-17-2008, 06:18 PM
  #69
Foal
There's just something about them that I don't like. Once in awhile I'll be at a show and see that rare Appy and go 'oh wow that horse is really pretty'. What bothers me (and with Paints too) is when they have the pink skin around their eyes or nose. I just.. don't like it lol
     
    08-18-2008, 10:31 AM
  #70
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by dame_wolf
Quote:
Originally Posted by geewillikers
Quote:
for horses of color i've always gone by the saying "god offered 'em spots or brains..."
Aren't all horses "of color"? What standpoint are you coming from? White horses?
hahaha! Nice gee, very nice!

Any horse that is independent and will think on their own has brains.
perhaps I should have said "horses of more than one color" ie- it has spots....
     

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