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  • Do appaloosas tend to spook
  • Do appaloosa have a good gait

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    08-18-2008, 12:55 PM
  #71
Foal
I love drawing and taking pictures of appys. From an artists stand point (or this artists standpoint, anyway) appys, paints, and pintos are some of the most beautiful horses in the world. I have yet to see an appy with the exact same marking as another. I love the unique bold colors. They remind me of paint splatters.

My first lesson pony was also an appy named Spumoni. He loved to jump and so did I and that's all that mattered there
     
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    08-18-2008, 02:38 PM
  #72
Weanling
Walkinthewalk, I have a gaited App, and I have tried to explain the gait he has to people to explain it is really a smooth gait, but they always say he is pacing and that means he is misbehaving...in reality...it is the same gait as the single-foot which is a vey nice gait!

I love Taz soo much...he isnt stubborna nd follows me like a pup around the oasture when im working finces or sorayin for weeds.

My only issue with them is they ahve a higher risk for Uveitis..and Taz is going blind in his left eye from it
I can't sell him becuase people so far have thought he was useless :roll:

If they could only feel the way he gaits...so smooth

I have some pics..you can see his left eye doesnt reflect light like his right...i know they are dark but I was tryin to take it at a time I knew the flesh would reflect



     
    08-18-2008, 07:07 PM
  #73
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by carriedenaee
Walkinthewalk, I have a gaited App, and I have tried to explain the gait he has to people to explain it is really a smooth gait, but they always say he is pacing and that means he is misbehaving...in reality...it is the same gait as the single-foot which is a vey nice gait!

I love Taz soo much...he isnt stubborna nd follows me like a pup around the oasture when im working finces or sorayin for weeds.

My only issue with them is they ahve a higher risk for Uveitis..and Taz is going blind in his left eye from it
I can't sell him becuase people so far have thought he was useless :roll:

If they could only feel the way he gaits...so smooth

I have some pics..you can see his left eye doesnt reflect light like his right...i know they are dark but I was tryin to take it at a time I knew the flesh would reflect



I can see what you mean about Taz's left eye. He is a beautiful horse. I hope you can keep him until it's his time to meet his ancestors :)

Even though no mention is made of Chief Joseph's stallion being gaited, here is a link that you and other Appaloosa owners might enjoy. The Nez Perce were the finest horsemen & breeders to grace this continent.

http://appaloosa-crossing.com/history.htm

I stumbled across while looking for the account of Chief Joseph's stallion that says the stallion was gaited. I can't find it and that has become a matter of principle - lol lol I have DSL at work, which is way faster than broadband at home, so I will continue my hunt when I go to work Tuesday.

It is great reading. To those who have no use for the Appaloosa's, please cursor down to the very last paragraph where it supports my earlier comment that it was "--the buyers of these horses that were the downfall of its breed----"

They deserve a lot better commentary than what they get these days.
     
    08-18-2008, 08:57 PM
  #74
Started
I've never heard of such thing! I love appys, I haven't met anyone who hasn't. I thought everyone loved 'em?

I think they are one of the best breeds and their coat colours are to die for. More people on this forum have user names like appy lover then any other breed....odd.
     
    08-20-2008, 11:15 PM
  #75
Foal
Ok for those that love/like Appaloosas what can I say.......To those that dislike Appaloosas, I would say you have never gotten to know one personally. Also I traced my Stallions Pedigree back into the 1800's in his pedigree you will also find some Great Quarter horses , well known TB's and When you go back far enough you will find some Arabian breeding that originated in Arabia. So Those that dislike Appaloosas you are putting down some pretty famous horses. Some of you stated that the Appaloosa has Ugly heads well perhaps some do but that isn't a Appaloosa trait. As for having small eyes... Which Appaloosas were you looking at?? None of my horses have small eyes. My Stallion "Light Charge" and my mare "My Ole Mistress" pedigrees can be found on All Breed Pedigree http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/light+charge2
And http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/my+ole+mistress Just in case you interested!!!
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    08-21-2008, 01:08 AM
  #76
Trained
Of course you'll find Arabian breeding... they're in all breeds. ;)


I agree with you in saying that you can't base ALL Appy's because of small eyes, stubbern temperment, etc.
Like I said, I've seen some AMAZING Appy's working at the Supreme that whipped Quarter Horse but during Reining and Working Cow.
Like ALL breeds, you get good, level headed pretty horses, as well as your bad, conformation sucks, stubborn jackasses.

My Arabians are all dead quiet, and some can be harder than heck to spook! But I've seen some Arabians so out of it I wouldn't touch them with a 10 foot pole. LOL

I actually do happen to like the head on your Appy stallion.
The only thing I'm not fond of in Appy's in the excess amount of pink skin, and the colouring (and, like I said, I also do not like the colouring on Paints). Any sort of spots on a horse I just can't get a liking for.

I don't have anything against the breed, per say, just some of their traits (such as above) that I find undesirable. But that's only my opinion, neither right or wrong, really.

There are some amazing Appy's out there doing amazing things.
They just aren't for me, and others like. :)
     
    08-24-2008, 12:48 AM
  #77
Foal
I think a lot of people can't look past the pinkish colouring around the eyes and the sparse mane and tail. We've kind of been conditioned to think of every horse having to fit a certain mold and Appys don't always fit in it.
Personally I think they're great horses with a lot of personality and incredibly sturdy bodies and hooves.
     
    08-24-2008, 06:00 AM
  #78
Weanling


This girl is not mine, but when I was looking a couple of years back she was one of the horses that was offered to me. Parents said no so I didn't get her. She was a very pretty appy though, so I had to add her. Her name was Shar, even now I still wish I had been able to get her.
     
    08-24-2008, 08:22 AM
  #79
Weanling
Personally... I'm not a huge fan of them. Or Quarter Horses. I truly do think it depends on the horse, and I'd get an appaloosa or a quarter horse in a second. IF it was a good horse. Here are my reasons why I'm not a huge fan of appaloosa's, and then I'll say why I'm not a huge fan of Quarter Horses:

1. Appaloosas tend to have really white, dirty type markings. Not that all of them are like that, but a lot of times when I look at a picture of an appaloosa (typical leopard appaloosas), I can't help but thinking that it's a very dirty horse. Even if it was cleaned within an inch of it's life. It's the coloring... or something. I dunno *shrugs*

2. They tend to be too Quarter Horsey. Too big of bums, and... well... that personality I'm not a huge fan of.

3. A lot of them look sickly. I'm unsure as to whether it's their natural headset, their color, or what. But a lot of appaloosas I've seen tend to look sick. Ill... something like that.

As for Quarter Horses:

1. I HATE the fact that they have giant rears... I seriously don't like round bums on horses. Not that I want flat ones, but I can't stand the ultra-muscular round bums that are on most Quarter Horses.

2. I'm not a huge fan of their stubborn, lazy, and laid-back personality. Now... I know that not ALL Quarter Horses are like that, but it tends to be the main theme in the breed. I like horses with spice and character. Not one that fits into the typical mold (and a lot of QH's do... not all... but most).

3. I dunno... whenever I see them... something just looks kind of... off. I have no idea if it's the head, the headset, the eyes, the bum, the legs, or what... it just seems like something isn't quite right.

4. A lot of the QH's I've known tend to be intelligent, but as stubborn and stupid (there's a difference between intelligent and stupid) as all get-out.

Those are the reasons I'm not a fan of those two breeds. I love all horses. And wouldn't mind a Quarter Horse... or an Appaloosa. I'd just want one that doesn't fit into the "typical" mold. One that's either more pony, or more TB in appearance (rarely can you find a QH or an Appy that fits into the Draft mold) would be more for me. :)
     
    08-25-2008, 09:07 AM
  #80
Foal
I love appaloosas, they are beautiful!!!!!!!!!!
     

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