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post #1 of 22 Old 10-11-2013, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Question Hating on appy's?

Ok, as an Arabian owner I am used to stupid stereotypes, and I can at least justify that Arabians do tend to be more high strung than other breads, but why do so many people hate appy's? One of the first horses I ever rode was a gorgeous liver chestnut appy with a spotted blanket, and that horse was awesome! My favorite horse to pet at my old barn was a leopard appy, everyone loved him! I don't get what's so evil about them. I have yet to meet one that behaved differently from any other well trained, well socialized horse. Yeah, you Can see the whites of there eyes but that's just a color thing! Anyone had experience with this?
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post #2 of 22 Old 10-11-2013, 03:00 PM
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The horse I learned basically how to ride on was an app. I LOVED her to death, and cried when I had to leave the barn. I know a some show judges hate on them for their coloring, since they aren't a solid color like a lot of other horses. But other than that I have no clue. They are sturdy, well behaved horses, not to mention excellent jumpers.
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post #3 of 22 Old 10-11-2013, 03:12 PM
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search this site and you will find several threads about this. The sparse mane and tail of some and certain color patterns(like varnish roan) led some people to think they were ugly, The white sclera in their eyes makes some think they are crazy, and a tendency to not take being shoved around and bullied led to a reputation of being stubborn.

They are definitely not for everyone, but I love mine.
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A lot of people just assume that they're stubborn, crazy, ugly, ect.
Someone tried to tell me that my lease horse wasn't really an appy because she has a beautiful long tail. I just laughed because I have her papers at home. I find my girl beautiful, but my neighbor has an appy with no tail and lots of pink skin that I don't find very attractive at all.
It's all personal preference, people are allowed to like and dislike different breeds, no matter how silly it seems.
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A lot of breeds with strong personality traits are either loved or hated by individual people.

Socking color like you find in appys also makes many people either love or hate them.
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I have yet to meet one that behaved differently from any other well trained, well socialized horse.
I have yet to meet an Appy with a nice personality. None of them were dangerous, just... surly, I guess is the word. They reminded me of sullen teenagers who hate everything. They never give you more effort than you force them to give you. I've ridden at 4 barns and the worst horse in each one was an Appy.
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I have yet to meet an Appy with a nice personality. None of them were dangerous, just... surly, I guess is the word. They reminded me of sullen teenagers who hate everything. They never give you more effort than you force them to give you. I've ridden at 4 barns and the worst horse in each one was an Appy.
Appys tend to be very smart. Whenever you get a smart horse it is easy to turn them into sour, surly beasts if they are not given enough mental stimulation or aren't handled with respect.
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^^^ agreed! Smart horses will also pick up on the handlers attitude, some more than others. If you talk in a bright, happy manner and treat my horse with respect, then he is the friendliest horse in the world. If you try to handle him with a bad attitude, or if your acting upset, he can be downright dangerous to be near.
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I have yet to meet an Appy with a nice personality. None of them were dangerous, just... surly, I guess is the word. They reminded me of sullen teenagers who hate everything. They never give you more effort than you force them to give you. I've ridden at 4 barns and the worst horse in each one was an Appy.
I totally disagree. I have owned many apps. And trained correctly... they will go to hell and back for you. There isnt anything any of my apps would not do that I asked. And as Tessa said... if not worked with correctly... they become what they are labeled... grouchy, stubborn, surly.
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post #10 of 22 Old 10-11-2013, 06:48 PM
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the only thing I see in regards to 'hating appys' is threads saying people hate appys.

I used to own a appy/poa and everyone loved him. Infact they were jealous the seller sold him to me and not someone else.
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