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post #1 of 40 Old 05-09-2019, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Appaloosa temperment

I am looking at purchasing an Appaloosa. I will be meeting him on Saturday. I know nothing about the breed. A few people have said they heard they can be difficult. Looking for opinions. I have ridden a few over the years and they seemed lovely. At 58 I am looking for what probably will be my last horse and want one that is safe. I have enjoyed two wonderful horses over the years but have also had a few mishaps on ones that I did not know which has given me a bit of anxiety. Thanks in advance for input.
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post #2 of 40 Old 05-09-2019, 06:48 PM
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I rode an appy gelding for about 2 and half years. He was sweet as can be. Very athletic and willing to please, although at some times he could be stubborn he usually wasn’t. I’ve met a quarter lesson horse that was more hard headed then him.

An amazing breed. But then again every horse is different. Good luck!!
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post #3 of 40 Old 05-09-2019, 06:52 PM
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A friend of mine always told me that some of the American Indian tribes only rode Appy's so they would be mad enough to fight when they reached their destination!
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post #4 of 40 Old 05-09-2019, 06:54 PM
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I've had nine appaloosas over the years, and I love them. They tend to be smart, surefooted, athletic, versatile, and kind. It has been my experience that they can be stubborn. I had one that would lay down if she didn't like her rider. I've been told that mules will do that. They tend to have uveitis, but only one of mine had it, and I kept it under control with baby aspirin when she had a flare-up. I love appies and hope that yours is a good one.
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post #5 of 40 Old 05-09-2019, 06:57 PM
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While some breeds tend to have like characteristics, it is not so much the breed but the individual horse. For example, there are a lot of people saying not to get a Thoroughbred (TB) unless you are extremely experienced due to them being incredibly unpredictable, hot, and flaky. While many TBs may be like that, that is no reason to label them all as such and give people a reason to potentially fear their horse simply for being a TB.

I will not comment on their supposed temperament, but I will say that they tend to be more prone to eye and some skin problems compared to some other breeds.
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I learned to ride on an appy mare. I was 7 and she pulled the tricks on me like holding her breath and lifting her head in the air when I went to bridle her. But I loved her to death. All horses are different though. I rode another appy gelding as a lesson horse (he was actually a rescue) and he was an amazing little boy. I've also ridden an appy/draft cross who was a giant baby.

Some Appaloosas are bred for more ranch style work, others are bred for jumping and some for racing (I think). If you know where the horse comes from it could give you an idea on temperament. A lot of the time race horses are more high strung than ranch horses.
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post #7 of 40 Old 05-09-2019, 07:42 PM
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There is nothing better than a good Appaloosa. There's nothing worse than a bad one.


I like the chunky, old-style Appaloosas, but they are smart and will take advantage if you let them. They are great horses, but they do not suffer fools. Treat them right and fairly and a good one will be a wonderful partner.
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post #8 of 40 Old 05-09-2019, 09:16 PM
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We've owned two and still have one and I've been around another at the farm where my daughter takes lessons. The word I used to describe the three I'm familiar with is reactive. You never know what is going to set them off. Our first horse was an Appaloosa mare and while the learning curve was steep, we survived, and its made dealing with every horse that came after that much easier. I've watched our Appaloosa mare abuse a rider just for fun when she figured out he didn't know what he was doing even though he claimed to have horse experience. A couple of years ago my daughter did her science fair project on determining horse intelligence using the methods developed to screen minis for guide animals. All of our other horses completed the tests to the best of their abilities but the Appaloosa mare refused. My vet's favorite joke is that God offered the Appaloosa either spots or brains and the Appaloosa chose spots. While our Appaloosa mare has a home for life I'm not looking to get another one.
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post #9 of 40 Old 05-09-2019, 09:27 PM
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Appaloosas are not difficult, they just don't suffer fools. For some, you better be a decent, correct rider
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post #10 of 40 Old 05-09-2019, 09:44 PM
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If I were forced to label all the appaloosa's that I have met (which is a small handful of them) it would have to be "sense of humor". They just seem to have a knack for it.

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