My horse is an Appaloosa and all we do is trail ride. He is almost 8 and he is tough and rugged. My stepmom and I have always had Appaloosas for trail horses and I think they are awesome! Appaloosas have a reputation for being stubborn and I have seen that in my horse. If we are on the trail and he is scared or nervous and doesn't want to approach something, he will plant those feet and not move, but with patience, reassurance and repetition, he has come a long way! If we are with a group he is much better! Good luck with your appy and the more you trail ride, the less you AND your horse will panic!