I've recently come upon a new found respect for the Appaloosa. I didn't realize the breed went beyond "Oh look its a QH looking animal with spots!". Some of them are quite nice! I feel bad for being prejudiced towards them :-(. But I am proud to say I no longer am!
Now I also really ador Arabians. I've ridden and been around several marvelous indivduals! They are truely intriguing animals.
Through a few google searches, I have found a few pictures of the cross that I find quite attractive. Now whether those horses were created by chance or by a careful and well thought out breeding program is a different story! I wanted to see if anyone knew of an indivdual(s) that breeds good quality, healthy, and friendly App/Arab crosses.
Or if you happen to have one, please post a picture! And maybe a tiny story? :D
I have never met one, but I hear that they can make exceptional trail horses. With the right parents they're supposed to be the best of both worlds with the endurance, stamina, movement and temperament of the Arabian parent and the muscle, strong hind quarters, tenacity, and (ideally?) spots of the Appaloosa parent.
If was looking to buy a trail horse this cross would definitely be on my list. I hope any members who have one can share some pictures!
I bred Araloosas for about 20 years...stopped about 8 years ago.
When bred properly, Araloosas are excellent horses. I bred and trained mine specifically for extremely rugged endurance trail work, and for that particular discipline, they are hard to beat. The trick, though, is breeding stock selection. As with most crosses, if you choose the wrong breeding stock, the cross will either be of mediocre quality or suited for a discipline other than what you are breeding for. Lastly, moreso than with pure breds, there can be a lot of variance with Araloosas and other crosses. If you are not an expert with bloodlines, conformations, and abilities of both breeds and don't know the sire and dam, you have to be very careful in selecting your horse to insure that it will meet your needs...
Faceman I wish you still did. I'd be beating down your door!
Appy and a araloosa are at the top of my next horse list!
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I broke out one for a friend who was phenomenal. She was smart as a whip. Built really well. Beautiful yead. Im not sure if she was planned or just happened. But she truly got the best of both breeds!
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I used to ride an Appaloosa x Arab x quarter horse.. My favorite horse of all time.. Even though he was greenbroke, he was still awesome. So much stamina!! That's okay though, because on trail rides, I liked to stop, and trot, sometimes lope to catch back up to the group, lol.
What an amazing Cross Country horse that would be!! Since an app shuffles instead of trot, and an arab is also gaited, that would be a crazy smooth ride!!
ETA: Holy cow! :shock: I looked that one up. There actually are some purebred Arabs that will gait; most do a pseudo-running walk or ambling gait. I had no idea. My perception of the world has been skewed!
I would love one someday. I am super picky about quality though, I would prefer a cross that is heavier on the Arab side.. just with some spots added. :lol:
Here is mine. His Appy sire got loose and did a purebred Arabian thru a fence, so he was born about 6 months out of cycle with most horses. You can't get more selective than that, can you?
First picture was shortly after he arrived. You can see where some ass at a ranch he was loaned to spurred his sides bloody. It is just starting to heal here:
Helping my daughter learn to ride:
Dozing while my youngest listens to the trainer:
Great horse, if not exactly bred to the highest standards. Believes it is his duty to stay between a rider and the ground...
**Also, a true Appaloosa is gaited too.. They shouldn't trot, they should shuffle.
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