06-08-2012, 12:42 AM
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I rode an appy for about a year as a teen. His name was Snickers. He was extremely obstinant, though I cannot attribute this to his breed, per say. He was a jumper, and a good jumper, at that, though in general, I see them used more often in western riding sports...
He loved to stop before jumps and run out...that also was my issue, however. If we were jumping anything with any spread to it at all (any oxer), ESPECIALLY one with water "simulated" beneath it, forget it! I would only truly be committed about 3/4 of the time, and he was one to take advantage of any rider "issue" & stop/run out at the final moment. Many a fall was had thanks to Snickers!
Otherwise, my trainer now has three appys, which her 15 year old daughter rides. One of whom is 31 years old (purchased when much younger and not blind, obviously!), completely blind, and she still shows her on occasion, WP AND WINS! The mare looks 10 years old and is in perfect health, despite being blind...she allows her rider to "be her eyes" & no one ever can tell she is blind! The horse is essentially "retired", but this mare LOVES TO SHOW, so she shows her, and rides her judiciously to keep her healthy and in shape).
Further, she purchased her daughter two years ago a 3 year old leapard appy, whom she has brought up from a yearling and is beginning to ride and is simply beautiful and as sweet as can be, as well as a fast learner!
This may not have been much help, but, my trainer would NOT HAVE INVESTED IN APPYs for her daughter (she breeds very high end Warmbloods for Dressage and researches every horse for years (lineage, etc...)before CONSIDERING any horse/foal, thus, if she trusts in the breed, that tells me a lot...