Are Appaloosa Horses Stubborn

David Lawrence
• Thursday, 03 December, 2020
• 46 min read

It is also why the temperament of an Appaloosa horse must be considered before deciding to own or ride one. In many ways, it would be fair to compare the Appaloosa to the American Quarter Horse in terms of overall temperament.

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If you are able to give them some scheduled activities and a regular routine, then you will have a successful experience with this full-sized breed. They are quite gentle and respectful when they believe their relationship is solid, but can be stubborn and somewhat aggressive if they feel like they are being abused in some way.

You’ll find this breed working cattle, racing, and entering dressage or jumping competitions. There may be a direct effect on the amount of energy that that Appaloosa has and the type of temperament that you’ll see on any given day.

Certain horses within the breed are bred to have certain performance traits, which can lead to different personality temperaments. Appaloosas that are generally bred for racing tend to have higher energy levels on a regular basis, which means they’ll have more of a fiery disposition than an Appaloosa that was bred for riding a trail.

You’ll see more negative behaviors as an owner if the horse is kept in the stall most of the time or turned out into a small pasture or fenced-in area. If that isn’t allowed, then you’ll begin to see an increase in the aggressiveness that tends to come with a high spirit.

You’ll know if you have an Appaloosa that is going to be somewhat difficult in temperament if the horse is quite opinionated. There are some who believe that the Appaloosa horse temperament develops based on its parents.

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When the dam and sire are somewhat unpredictable and stubborn, then there is a greater chance for the foal to be when it grows up as well. For this reason, many try to meet the horses that will be responsible for parentage before going through with the process since there is the thought that personality is a somewhat genetic trait.

It would be fair to say that if an Appaloosa can fool and experienced owner or trainer, then it is also entirely possible that this breed is capable of outsmarting the average person who isn’t as familiar with horses. One of the most common reasons that an Appaloosa can become suddenly temperamental is the fact that this breed is very susceptible to parasites.

The regular grooming, veterinarian care, and preventive precautions provide the horse with an added level of attention it enjoys and will keep the parasites away, so it’s a win/win situation for everyone. The bottom line is this: an Appaloosa horse has tons of personality and isn’t afraid to show it whatsoever.

To be accepted into the APC registry, a solid colored Appaloosa needs to have the other identifying characteristics : striped hooves, mottled skin, and white sclera. In France, spotted horses appeared in cave paintings more than 25,000 years ago.

Thought at first to be depictions of fantastical beasts, researchers now believe the paintings represented reality; the mutation for a leopard-spotted coat was found in several fossils of ancient horses. Appaloosas are from an area in northern Idaho, Washington, and Oregon called the Pa louse.

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“ Their horses appear to be of an excellent race; they are lofty, elegantly formed, active and durable… some of these horses are aided with large spots of white irregularly scattered and intermixed with black, brown, bey or some other dark color.” Meriwether Lewis Now, the New Peace people breed Appaloosas with Akhal-Tekes to create the New Peace horse : a fast, agile range horse with good endurance and stamina.

Thankfully, the Appaloosa Horse Club is dedicated to preserving the heritage of this distinct breed. Breeders needed tough, docile horses that could carry riders and supplies across hundreds of miles of wilderness.

Two are specific to Appaloosas, and based on traditional equestrian games played by the New Peace people: Because the Appaloosa is so often crossed with other breeds to maintain their trademark versatility, physical body types vary widely.

The earliest Appaloosas were range horses : leggy, thick-necked with scraggly manes and tails. Generally, an Appaloosa will be 14-16.5 hands (no ponies or drafts are allowed in the registry) and fall somewhere between 900 and 1200 pounds.

However, in mainstream gaming, Breath of the Wild and Red Dead Redemption prominently feature Appaloosas throughout gameplay. The 1966 Disney film “Run Appaloosa Run!” featured an Appaloosa stallion called “Holy Smoke.” The short featured was part of Disney’s made-for-tv movie series “The Wonderful World of Color,” which aired from 1961 to 1966.

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Osceola, a member of the Seminole tribe, rides his trusty his horse Renegade down the center of the field and throws a flaming spear to initiate FSU home football games. Riders are students who must maintain a good GPA and undergo a 2-year apprenticeship for the privilege of playing Osceola.

Appaloosa Country of originated StatesTraitsDistinguishing featuresMost representatives have colorful spotted coat patterns, striped hooves, mottled skin and white sclera visible around the iris when the eye is in a normal position. Breed standards Appaloosa is an American horse breed best known for its colorful spotted coat pattern. There is a wide range of body types within the breed, stemming from the influence of multiple breeds of horses throughout its history.

Each horse's color pattern is genetically the result of various spotting patterns overlaid on top of one of several recognized base coat colors. The color pattern of the Appaloosa is of interest to those who study equine coat color genetics, as it and several other physical characteristics are linked to the leopard complex mutation (LP).

Appaloosas are prone to develop equine recurrent uveitis and congenital stationary night blindness ; the latter has been linked to the leopard complex. Mottling on the skin is particularly visible around the eyes and muzzle.

Spotting occurs in several overlay patterns on one of several recognized base coat colors. There are three other distinctive, “core” characteristics: mottled skin, striped hooves, and eyes with a white sclera.

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Skin mottling is usually seen around the muzzle, eyes, anus, and genitalia. Striped hooves are a common trait, quite noticeable on Appaloosas, but not unique to the breed.

Because the occasional individual is born with little or no visible spotting pattern, the APC allows “regular” registration of horses with mottled skin plus at least one of the other core characteristics. Horses with two APC parents but no “identifiable Appaloosa characteristics” are registered as “non-characteristic,” a limited special registration status.

There is a wide range of body types in the Appaloosa, in part because the leopard complex characteristics are its primary identifying factors, and also because several horse breeds influenced its development. The weight range varies from 950 to 1,250 pounds (430 to 570 kg), and heights from 14 to 16 hands (56 to 64 inches, 142 to 163 cm).

However, the APC does not allow pony or draft breeding. The original “old time” or “old type” Appaloosa was a tall, narrow-bodied, rangy horse.

The body style reflected a mix that started with the traditional Spanish horses already common on the plains of America before 1700. Then, 18th-century European bloodlines were added, particularly those of the “pied” horses popular in that period and shipped en masse to the Americas once the color had become unfashionable in Europe.

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The original Appaloosas frequently had a sparse mane and tail, but that was not a primary characteristic, as many early Appaloosas did have full manes and tails. There is a possible genetic link between the leopard complex and sparse mane and tail growth, although the precise relationship is unknown.

The addition of Quarter Horse lines produced Appaloosas that performed better in sprint racing and in halter competition. Many cutting and reining horses resulted from old-type Appaloosas crossed on Arabian bloodlines, particularly via the Appaloosa foundation stallion Red Eagle.

An infusion of Thoroughbred blood was added during the 1970s to produce horses more suited for racing. Many current breeders also attempt to breed away from the sparse, “rat tail” trait, and therefore modern Appaloosas have fuller manes and tails.

Few spot leopard Appaloosa with wet coat showing “halo” effect of dark skin under white coat around spots. The coat color of an Appaloosa is a combination of a base color with an overlaid spotting pattern. The base colors recognized by the Appaloosa Horse Club include bay, black, chestnut, palomino, buckskin, cello or per lino, roan, gray, dun and grille.

It is this unique group of spotting patterns, collectively called the “leopard complex”, that most people associate with the Appaloosa horse. Spots overlay darker skin, and are often surrounded by a “halo”, where the skin next to the spot is also dark but the overlying hair coat is white.

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It is not always easy to predict a grown Appaloosa's color at birth. Foals of any breed tend to be born with coats that darken when they shed their baby hair.

In addition, Appaloosa foals do not always show classic leopard complex characteristics. Horses with the varnish roan and snowflake patterns are especially prone to show very little color pattern at birth, developing more visible spotting as they get older.

The APC also recognizes the concept of a “solid” horse, which has a base color “but no contrasting color in the form of an Appaloosa coat pattern”. Solid horses can be registered if they have mottled skin and one other leopard complex characteristic.

Base colors are overlain by various spotting patterns, which are variable and often do not fit neatly into a specific category. Striped hooves are a characteristic trait. Any horse that shows Appaloosa core characteristics of coat pattern, mottled skin, striped hooves, and a visible white sclera, carries at least one allele of the dominant “leopard complex” (LP) gene.

The use of the word “complex” is used to refer to the large group of visible patterns that may occur when LP is present. LP is an autosomalmutation in the TRPM1 gene located at horse chromosome 1 (ECA 1).

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All horses with at least one copy of LP show leopard characteristics, and it is hypothesized that LP acts together with other patterning genes (Path) that have not yet been identified to produce the different coat patterns. Three single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) in the TRPM1 gene have been identified as closely associated with the LP mutation, although the mechanism by which the pattern is produced remains unclear.

A commercially available DNA based test is likely to be developed in the near future, which breeders can use to determine if LP is present in horses that do not have visible Appaloosa characteristics. Not every Appaloosa exhibits visible coat spotting, but even apparently solid-colored horses that carry at least one dominant LP allele will exhibit characteristics such as vertically striped hooves, white sclera of the eye, and mottled skin around the eyes, lips, and genitalia.

Appaloosas may also exhibit Sabine or pinto type markings, but because pinto genes may cover-up or obscure Appaloosa patterns, pinto breeding is discouraged by the APC, which will deny registration to horses with excessive white markings. The genes that create these different patterns can all be present in the same horse.

A 1674 painting of Louis XIV on a spotted horseRecent research has suggested that Eurasian prehistoric cave paintings depicting leopard-spotted horses may have accurately reflected a phenotype of ancient wild horse. Domesticated horses with leopard complex spotting patterns have been depicted in art dating as far back as Ancient Greece, Ancient Persia, and the Han Dynasty in China; later depictions appeared in 11th-century France and 12th-century England.

In mid-18th-century Europe, there was a great demand for horses with the leopard complex spotting pattern among the nobility and royalty. These horses were used in the schools of horsemanship, for parade use, and other forms of display.

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Modern horse breeds in Europe today that have leopard complex spotting include the Knabstrupper and the Pizza, or Worker horse. The Spanish probably obtained spotted horses through trade with southern Austria and Hungary, where the color pattern was known to exist.

The Conquistadors and Spanish settlers then brought some vividly marked horses to the Americas when they first arrived in the early 16th century. Others arrived in the western hemisphere when spotted horses went out of style in late 18th-century Europe, and were shipped to Mexico, California and Oregon.

Two New Peace men with an Appaloosa, about 1895The New Peace people lived in what today is eastern Washington, Oregon, and north central Idaho, where they engaged in agriculture as well as horse breeding. The New Peace first obtained horses from the Shoshone around 1730.

They took advantage of the fact that they lived in excellent horse-breeding country, relatively safe from the raids of other tribes, and developed strict breeding selection practices for their animals, establishing breeding herds by 1750. They were one of the few tribes that actively used the practice of gelding inferior male horses and trading away poorer stock to remove unsuitable animals from the gene pool, and thus were notable as horse breeders by the early 19th century.

Lewis did note spotting patterns, saying, “... some of these horses are aided with large spots of white irregularly scattered and intermixed with the black brown bey or some other dark color”. By “pied”, Lewis may have been referring to leopard-spotted patterns seen in the modern Appaloosa, though Lewis also noted that “much the larger portion are of a uniform color”.

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The Appaloosa Horse Club estimates that only about ten percent of the horses owned by the New Peace at the time were spotted. While the New Peace originally had many solid-colored horses and only began to emphasize color in their breeding some time after the visit of Lewis and Clark, by the late 19th century they had many spotted horses.

As white settlers moved into traditional New Peace lands, a successful trade in horses enriched the New Peace, who in 1861 bred horses described as “elegant chargers, fit to mount a prince.” Peace with the United States dated back to an alliance arranged by Lewis and Clark, but the encroachment of gold miners in the 1860s and settlers in the 1870s put pressure on the New Peace.

The New Peace who refused to give up their land under the 1863 treaty included a band living in the Wallow Valley of Oregon, led by Cannot Tooyalakekt, widely known as Chief Joseph. Tensions rose, and in May 1877, General Oliver Otis Howard called a council and ordered the non-treaty bands to move to the reservation.

Chief Joseph considered military resistance futile, and by June 14, 1877, had gathered about 600 people at a site near present-day Franceville, Idaho. But on that day a small group of warriors staged an attack on nearby white settlers, which led to the New Peace War.

After several small battles in Idaho, more than 800 New Peace, mostly non-warriors, took 2000 head of various livestock including horses and fled into Montana, then traveled southeast, dipping into Yellowstone National Park. A few New Peace fighters, probably fewer than 200, successfully held off larger forces of the U.S. Army in several skirmishes, including the two-day Battle of the Big Hole in southwestern Montana.

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They then moved northeast and attempted to seek refuge with the Crow Nation ; rebuffed, they headed for safety in Canada. Throughout this journey of about 1,400 miles (2,300 km) the New Peace relied heavily on their fast, agile and hardy Appaloosa horses.

The journey came to an end when they stopped to rest near the Bears Paw Mountains in Montana, 40 miles (64 km) from the Canada–US border. Unbeknownst to the New Peace, Colonel Nelson A.

Miles had led an infantry-cavalry column from Fort Keogh in pursuit. With most of the war chiefs dead, and the noncombatants cold and starving, Joseph declared that he would “fight no more forever”.

When the U.S. 7th Cavalry accepted the surrender of Chief Joseph and the remaining New Peace, they immediately took more than 1,000 of the tribe's horses, sold what they could and shot many of the rest. But a significant population of horses had been left behind in the Wallow valley when the New Peace began their retreat, and additional animals escaped or were abandoned along the way.

The New Peace were ultimately settled on in north central Idaho, were allowed few horses, and were required by the Army to crossbreed to draft horses in an attempt to create farm horses. The New Peace tribe never regained its former position as breeders of Appaloosas.

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In the late 20th century, they began a program to develop a new horse breed, the New Peace horse, with the intent to resurrect their horse culture, tradition of selective breeding, and horsemanship. Although a remnant population of Appaloosa horses remained after 1877, they were virtually forgotten as a distinct breed for almost 60 years.

Others were used in circuses and related forms of entertainment, such as Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. The horses were originally called “Pa louse horses by settlers, a reference to the Pa louse River that ran through the heart of what was once New Peace country.

Gradually, the name evolved into “Applause”, and then Appaloosa “. Other early variations of the name included “Apply”, “Jealousy” and “Appaloosa”.

In one 1948 book, the breed was called the “Populous horse”, described as a “hardy tough breed of Indian and Spanish horse” used by backwoodsmen of the late 18th century to transport goods to New Orleans for sale. The state of Idaho offers a license plate featuring the Appaloosa horse. The Appaloosa came to the attention of the public in January 1937 in Western Horseman magazine when Francis D. Haines, a history professor from Lewiston, Idaho, published an article describing the breed's history and urging its preservation.

Haines had performed extensive research, traveling with a friend and Appaloosa aficionado named George Harley, visiting numerous New Peace villages, collecting history, and taking photographs. The article generated strong interest in the horse breed, and led to the founding of the Appaloosa Horse Club (APC) by Claude Thompson and a small group of other dedicated breeders in 1938.

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The registry was originally housed in Moro, Oregon ; but in 1947 the organization moved to Moscow, Idaho, under the leadership of George Harley. The Western Horseman magazine, and particularly its longtime publisher, Dick Spencer, continued to support and promote the breed through many subsequent articles.

A significant crossbreeding influence used to revitalize the Appaloosa was the Arabian horse, as evidenced by early registration lists that show Arabian- Appaloosa crossbreeds as ten of the first fifteen horses registered with the APC. For example, one of Claude Thompson's major herd sires was Ferris, an Arabian stallion bred by W.K.

Kellogg from horses imported from the Crabbe Arabian Stud of England. Later, Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse lines were added, as well as crosses from other breeds, including Morgans and Standardized.

In 1983 the APC reduced the number of allowable outcrosses to three main breeds: the Arabian horse, the American Quarter Horse and the Thoroughbred. The state of Idaho adopted the Appaloosa as its official state horse on March 25, 1975, when Idaho Governor Cecil Andres signed the enabling legislation.

Idaho also offers a custom license plate featuring an Appaloosa, the first state to offer a plate featuring a state horse. A Pinto horse (left) has different markings than a Leopard Appaloosa (right).

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Photo credit: Jean-Pol Grandson Located in Moscow, Idaho, the APC is the principal body for the promotion and preservation of the Appaloosa breed and is an international organization. Affiliate Appaloosa organizations exist in many South American and European countries, as well as South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and Israel.

The American Appaloosa Association was founded in 1983 by members opposed to the registration of plain-colored horses, as a result of the color rule controversy. Other Appaloosa registries have been founded for horses with leopard complex genetics that are not affiliated with the APC.

These registries tend to have different foundation breeding and histories than the North American Appaloosa. The Appaloosa is “a breed defined by APC bloodline requirements and preferred characteristics, including coat pattern”.

In other words, the Appaloosa is a distinct breed from limited bloodlines with distinct physical traits and a desired color, referred to as a “color preference”. All ApHC-registered Appaloosas must be the offspring of two registered Appaloosa parents or a registered Appaloosa and a horse from an approved breed registry, which includes Arabian horses, Quarter Horses, and Thoroughbreds.

In all cases, one parent must always be a regular registered Appaloosa. The only exception to the bloodline requirements is in the case of Appaloosa -colored geldings or spayed mares with unknown pedigrees; owners may apply for “hardship registration” for these non-breeding horses.

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The APC does not accept horses with draft, pony, Pinto, or Paint breeding, and requires mature Appaloosas to stand, unshod, at least 14 hands (56 inches, 142 cm). If a horse has excessive white markings not associated with the Appaloosa pattern (such as those characteristic of a pinto) it cannot be registered unless it is verified through DNA testing that both parents have APC registration.

Appaloosas born with visible coat pattern, or mottled skin and at least one other characteristic, are registered with “regular” papers and have full show and breeding privileges. A horse that meets bloodline requirements but is born without the recognized color pattern and characteristics can still be registered with the APC as a “non-characteristic” Appaloosa.

These solid-colored, “non-characteristic” Appaloosas may not be shown at APC events unless the owner verifies the parentage through DNA testing and pays a supplementary fee to enter the horse into the APC's Performance Permit Program (PPP). The APC encourages early foal registration, even though coat patterns may change later.

During the 1940s and 1950s, when both the Appaloosa Horse Club (APC) and the American Quarter Horse Association (Aqua) were in their formative years, minimally marked or roan Appaloosas were sometimes used in Quarter Horse breeding programs. At the same time, it was noted that two solid-colored registered Quarter Horse parents would sometimes produce what Quarter Horse aficionados call a dropout “, a foal with white coloration similar to that of an Appaloosa or Pinto.

For a considerable time, until DNA testing could verify parentage, the Aqua refused to register such horses. The APC did accept dropout horses that exhibited proper Appaloosa traits, while dropout pintos became the core of the American Paint Horse Association.

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Famous Appaloosas who were dropouts included Colima, Joker B, Bright Eyes Brother and Wapiti. In the late 1970s, the color controversy went in the opposite direction within the Appaloosa registry.

The APC's decision in 1982 to allow solid-colored or “non-characteristic” Appaloosas to be registered resulted in substantial debate within the Appaloosa breeding community. But breeder experience had shown that some solid Appaloosas could throw a spotted foal in a subsequent generation, at least when bred to a spotted Appaloosa.

In addition, many horses with a solid coat exhibited secondary characteristics such as skin mottling, the white sclera, and striped hooves. The controversy stirred by the APC's decision was intense.

In 1983 a number of Appaloosa breeders opposed to the registration of solid-colored horses formed the American Appaloosa Association, a breakaway organization. A leopard Appaloosa is part of the mascot team for the Florida State University Seminoles.

There are several American horse breeds with leopard coloring and Appaloosa ancestry. These include the Pony of the Americas and the Colorado Ranger.

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Because such crossbred offspring are not eligible for APC registration, their owners have formed breed registries for horses with leopard complex patterns and gained ability. In 1995 the New Peace tribe began a program to develop a new and distinct horse breed, the New Peace Horse, based on crossbreeding the Appaloosa with the Akhal-Teke breed from Central Asia.

Appaloosa stallions have been exported to Denmark, to add new blood to the Knabstrupper breed. Two genetically-linked conditions are linked to blindness in Appaloosas, both associated with the Leopard complex color pattern.

Appaloosas have an eightfold greater risk of developing Equine Recurrent Uveitis (Era) than all other breeds combined. Uveitis in horses has many causes, including eye trauma, disease, and bacterial, parasitic and viral infections, but Era is characterized by recurring episodes of uveitis, rather than a single incident.

Eighty percent of all uveitis cases are found in Appaloosas with physical characteristics including roan or light-colored coat patterns, little pigment around the eyelids and sparse hair in the mane and tail denoting the most at-risk individuals. Researchers may have identified a gene region containing an allele that makes the breed more susceptible to the disease.

Appaloosas that are homozygous for the leopard complex (LP) gene are also at risk for congenital stationary night blindness (CNB). This form of night blindness has been linked with the leopard complex since the 1970s, and in 2007 a “significant association” between LP and CNB was identified.

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It is an inherited disorder, present from birth, and does not progress over time. Studies in 2008 and 2010 indicate that both CNB and leopard complex spotting patterns are linked to TRPM1.

In 2007 the APC implemented new drug rules allowing Appaloosas to show with the drugs' furosemide, known by the trade name of La six, and acetazolamide. Furosemide is used to prevent horses who bleed from the nose when subjected to strenuous work from having bleeding episodes when in competition, and is widely used in horse racing.

Acetazolamide (“Act”) is used for treating horses with the genetic disease hyperkalemic periodic paralysis (Hype), and prevents affected animals from having seizures. Act is only allowed for horses that test positive for Hype and have Hype status noted on their registration papers.

The APC recommends that Appaloosas that trace to certain American Quarter Horse bloodlines be tested for Hype, and owners have the option to choose to place Hype testing results on registration papers. On one side, it is argued that the United States Equestrian Federation (Used), which sponsors show competition for many horse breeds, and the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI), which governs international and Olympic equestrian competition, ban the use of furosemide.

On the other side of the controversy, several major stock horse registries that sanction their own shows, including the American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association, and the Palomino Horse Breeders of America, allow acetazolamide and furosemide to be used within 24 hours of showing under certain circumstances. ^ a b c d e f g “2012 Appaloosa Horse Club Handbook” (PDF).

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Based on these data, we conclude that a susceptibility allele for Era in Appaloosas exists in the MHC region. “Electroretinography of congenital night blindness in an Appaloosa filly”.

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Where HQ and Arabs are either submissive, compliant or flighty, my Rusty is sensitive, has a sense of humor, and is very opinionated. Also, I really like his personality and do not want to turn him into a shut-down horse, but when I ride him or even when we do groundwork, I often wonder whether I should stop before he has a meltdown or push him through it (obviously, if he has a meltdown or a tantrum, we do push through it because I can't stop in the middle of one, or he'll be learning that he's won).

By throwing a fit, I mean he doesn't want to trot or canter anymore, and will give little bucks when I tap him with a crop. For example, we play a game where I get up on the mounting block, and he comes up to it at liberty (not even a halter on), and I hop on his back.

He walks to the edge of the paddock until I ask him to stop, I slide off, and pull some good grass from the other side of the fence as a reward for him. All this time, our other horse is loose in the paddock and the gate to the pasture is wide open so Rusty chooses to be with me.

Training wise, I want a well-rounded horse, meaning they go well in the arena or on the trails. They do not have to like it, but for safety reasons, this aspect of training cannot be lopsided.

Horses, especially the smart or independent ones, can get bored very easily in the arena. For these types of horses, is it important to vary their “job” and keep their mind busy.

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A mare. Gypsy liked cow work and traveling long distances. Daughter lent Gypsy to a girl in town to show in some fun classes.

Between the young girl's lack experience and natural timidity, and Gypsy's tenancy to get bored going in circles, they had some rough spots. She had a distinct dislike for boy scouts (long story) and my oldest daughter (I don't know why).

All that to say “I would make your apply do the drills, or practice the skills, that you want.” The only tip I can give you is: any living organism that gets bored starts to behave unwanted.

This way you can train him to do as you ask so when you're ever in a difficult situation, and he needs to obey he will (???) This was the spookiest horse I ever knew and lightening fast when he spooked.

He had dumped so many riders and my friend was seriously thinking of having him put down as she was concerned that he could injure/kill someone. I put a lot of time into him and didn't seem to be getting anywhere with him, I took him to a show, and he behaved so badly that I began to think my friend was right, he could kill someone, and guess who that might be, I was his only rider.

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To make this story a little shorter we made so much progress and I had a room full of trophies and ribbons that we won. He won many year-end awards English and western.

I could do a reining pattern or jump a course with just a string around his neck. The second horse I got, in his previous home he was ridden by a heavy-handed teenaged boy who just raced him around the property with a mechanical sycamore. This horse had the worst head tossing problem I have ever seen and just wanted to take off with you.

To make this story shorter, I worked with him, and he won for me five year-end awards at a fairly high level dressage show. This was the spookiest horse I ever knew and lightening fast when he spooked.

He had dumped so many riders and my friend was seriously thinking of having him put down as she was concerned that he could injure/kill someone. I put a lot of time into him and didn't seem to be getting anywhere with him, I took him to a show, and he behaved so badly that I began to think my friend was right, he could kill someone, and guess who that might be, I was his only rider.

To make this story a little shorter we made so much progress and I had a room full of trophies and ribbons that we won. He won many year-end awards English and western.

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I could do a reining pattern or jump a course with just a string around his neck. The second horse I got, in his previous home he was ridden by a heavy-handed teenaged boy who just raced him around the property with a mechanical sycamore. This horse had the worst head tossing problem I have ever seen and just wanted to take off with you.

To make this story shorter, I worked with him, and he won for me five year-end awards at a fairly high level dressage show. I'm not hoping for a bunch of ribbons (not even planning to show him), just to get him to cooperate when I ask him to do do arena work for more than 15 minutes.

I don't mind puttering around on him without a bridle or saddle, but to actually ride effectively I think would be difficult. And on a trail, he has actually taken off on me a few times, so I feel I still need a saddle and bridle for my own safety.

One thought, the apply that I could ride on a string, I would never even think of doing this on a trail as he could spook and lightening fast. Usually you have a nanosecond warning of a spook but this boy none of that by the time he thought of it, he was landing 15 feet over there so it would be hazardous to try no bridle out on the trails. I would suggest when you are schooling Rusty have a clear goal in your mind what you are going to do, if it is a serpentine focus very clearly on that and try to think forward, forward and pass your energy and determination on doing it and hopefully Rusty will get this forward focused idea and respond to it.

And I try to keep it interesting by lots of direction changes, transitions, circles when unexpected to keep my horse thinking and focused on me for what may be coming next. It takes time but when the horse is working with you, it is a great feeling.

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My daughter gets really frustrated with him because she expects him to be like Harley, but Rusty is an entirely different horse! And since my goals are just to enjoy him, I figure slow, steady progress is better than rushing it.

I judge the entire breed by two Appaloosas I've owned and one I was acquainted with at the lesson farm. Our first horse, an Appaloosa mare, is still here and will be for life although she is largely retired.

The girls picked the horses they wanted to ride and the dad was left with the Appaloosa. The guy lasted about 20 minutes as the mare knew he didn't have much experience and totally abused him.

We played musical horses and my 12-year-old daughter ended up on the Appaloosa who was as good as gold the rest of the day. I've fought many battles with this horse but tying is not one of them I want to tackle.

Our second was a beautiful leopard Appaloosa gelding who was my son's horse. This was an in your pocket horse who loved people and was always first to the fence to great you.

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Upon return, he decided to pick on my gelding, a horse he had lived peacefully with for over a year. With full disclosure we found him yet another home but this time I didn't offer to take him back.

Buying a second Appaloosa is a mistake my wife still reminds me about years later. The mare has turned into a fairly solid horse citizen for us and has become our beginner mount.

She loves trail rides and tolerates ring work. I know now why my old horse vet had a new Appaloosa joke each time he came to the farm.

I have also found they prefer the trails, but not if I just meander down the river bottom, also need to break it up and go up the sides or find objects to walk over. Current one is a few spot so have let the camp use her for grooming and the kids love to paint her.

I have also found they prefer the trails, but not if I just meander down the river bottom, also need to break it up and go up the sides or find objects to walk over. Current one is a few spot so have let the camp use her for grooming and the kids love to paint her.

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Honestly, I'd be happy to just do trails, but DD does dressage, so I keep her company in the ring. This kind of stuff requires a horse to think carefully and work with you.

In any case, I don't think drilling a horse in an arena does anyone any good, really. There are horses who mentally tolerate it well, but I doubt a lot of learning takes place after fifteen minutes or so anyway.

This kind of stuff requires a horse to think carefully and work with you. In any case, I don't think drilling a horse in an arena does anyone any good, really.

There are horses who mentally tolerate it well, but I doubt a lot of learning takes place after fifteen minutes or so anyway. The main reason I don't put a lot of obstacles in the ring is that my daughter is practicing her dressage tests these days, so I try to stay out of her way.

I'll admit I don't know much about Appaloosa horses, other than the pony I got lessons on as a child was great but could have his moments Im going through something quite similar with a 4yr old thoroughbred gelding we got earlier this year. Dad has broken many horses throughout his life and apparently this is a common thing at that age, just like small children having a short attention span.

Normally taking them somewhere different helps, like hiring an arena, but I appreciate this might be difficult with COVID-19. Another thing to try is pole work, random changes in direction, anything to take his mind off of thinking about acting up.

I think keeping it short and sweet is better than drilling them into the ground, but at the end of the day he is being cared for like a prince, he only has to do a little for you in return There aren't a lot of ads for her dream horse, but she keeps looking. Why an apply I don't know.

There aren't a lot of ads for her dream horse, but she keeps looking. Why an apply I don't know. I think there's no more devoted fan club than Apply people.

Today, Appaloosa is known for being a diverse and intelligent breed of horse, used for trail riding, western pleasure, jumping, and more. Thus, in this article, I will discuss the Appaloosa horse’s temperament, and how it contributes to activity, training, and other important topics.

If they can trust the people that surround them, Appaloosas aim to please and have a partnership with their riders. Appaloosas, like many horse breeds, thrive on a regular schedule of exercise and turnout.

Given that the breed is athletic and has a lot of energy; they like to be outside for long stretches of time, as they love having jobs too. Most horses that live in stalls receive turnout (time in the pasture) for at least four or five hours a day, if not more.

An appaloosa would thrive on either schedule and require time, to be in open space to remain happy and healthy. As long as you’re giving your Appaloosas jobs weekly, they will always remain in good spirits.

If they know their people aren’t giving them the time and attention that they need, this can affect the relationship between the two. While preferred by western riders for cutting, pleasure, reining and roping, Appaloosas can also excel in English disciplines such as evening, dressage, and hunter/jumper.

Appaloosas are big on trust and respect, and this starts from the ground, not the saddle. Lounging, in-hand, and liberty work are always to establish respect and trust on the ground.

Once you have established a positive, respectful relationship with your Appaloosa, it will be easy to finish them, to excel in whichever discipline you wish. Not only do they have good work ethics and learn extremely quickly, but Appaloosas are also versatile and can be taught a lot of different skills.

If you use a watchful eye and gentle technique, an Appaloosa will fit any mold you build for it. Some riders and trainers will favor certain coat colors for certain events, but no true correlation can be proven.

Predecessors of the Appaloosa horse breed arrived in North America during the early 1600s with Spanish explorers. These horses made their way to the Northwest where Native Americans, particularly the New Peace people, appreciated the animals and began to breed them.

Their strict breeding practices aimed to create a horse that was colorful, tractable, and intelligent. The breed's name likely relates to the Pa louse River area where the New Peace lived.

The breed was almost lost during the late 1870s when the U.S. government was attempting to take over Native American land. Some tribe members fled with their horses, but many of these early Appaloosas were either stolen, lost, or killed.

It's a friendly, gentle horse whose loyalty makes it an especially rewarding and enjoyable companion. Facial colors and patterns include bald, blaze, snip, stripe, and star.

On the legs, you might find eel, pastern, ankle, half-pastern, coronet, stocking, half-stocking, and lightning marks. The Appaloosa's skin is mottled with white and dark patches of pigmentation that give the appearance of splotches.

These markings occur across the body in a few distinct patterns, depending on the horse's genetic makeup. The potential combinations of colors and markings are virtually limitless, giving each individual Appaloosa a distinct look.

But hardiness and agility are also valued traits, along with its exceptionally faithful nature and gentle demeanor. It runs vertically, with a distinct alternating pattern of dark and light on each hoof.

In addition, the Appaloosa's sclera (the white portion of the eye that surrounds the iris) is visible. Appaloosas require a standard horse diet of fresh grass, quality hay, grains, and some fruits and vegetables.

Appaloosas generally enjoy good health, lack notable behavioral issues, and aren't prone to lameness. In addition, make hoof inspections and cleanings a daily activity to look for injuries and prevent infections.

Furthermore, some Appaloosas are prone to sun damage, especially on exposed pink skin and areas of light hair. A horse named Knobby, born in 1918, is recognized as a foundation sire of today's Appaloosa breed.

His herd was not affected by the U.S. government's confiscation, so he was an important contributor to the foundation stock for the breed. This gentle breed is a good choice for beginning equestrians and for anyone wanting a devoted equine companion.

It's a relatively low-maintenance, versatile breed that's great for a general riding horse, as well as a competitor in equestrian sports. Aim to visit the breeder or rescue organization to spend time with the horse before committing.

Make sure the organization can provide adequate information on the horse’s history, health, temperament, and training. Look for any lameness, labored breathing, or other signs of injury or illness that the organization hasn’t disclosed.

2 passengers and dog slide out of moving plane I may be prejudiced but after 50+ years of loving and owning Appaloosas and researching them, I'm still with them.

There is so much garbage that 'experts' put out about them, I'm not surprised that most people equate a 7/8 HTB with minimal spotting as Appaloosa. The Appaloosa stud books should have been closed to outcross 40 years ago.

In the '30's, when Claude Thompson began the Herculean task of trying to save the breed, the selection of breeding stock was small and widely scattered. This, thanks to the army for revenge slaughtering as many as they could and the missionaries that sought to change warriors into farmers.

No warrior worth his warpaint would be seen riding a platter-footed jug head of a plow horse. The horses of the Nimitz (Anglicized to New Peace) were of such high quality that Lewis & Clark wrote glowingly about them in their journals.

The many faults that one reads of in this forum can be attributed to outcross breeding with inferior stock. It IS the stumbling block of breeders today who must wring every possible dime out of the bad choices they've made.

Appaloosas were the preferred horse of the Nimiipu, and they, NOT the Pa louse people, bred them selectively. Horses with soft, bad feet wouldn't have survived long where they lived.

I consider that not every human is smart enough to be worthy of a mule OR an Appaloosa. Cave art, carbon dated to 26,400 B.C., depicts Dun colored horses and Leopard spotted Appaloosas.

Characteristics of the breed for thousands of years have been the sparse manes and tails, the white sclera in the eyes, mottled skin on the muzzle, around the eyes, the genitals and anus, the striped hooves. The white man can't keep himself from 'fixing' what ain't broke, hence the mongrels with soft feet and thick, full manes and tails like draft horses and very little to identify them as Appaloosas.

Stand by the living pieces of history that you love and feed. Source(s): 50+ years of LOVING, owning and researching the Appaloosa and Spanish Colonial Horses.

To dispel a few “myths” previously stated regrading the breed, they do not all sunburn, actually I have too few spots (all white) that stand outside 90 % of the day, their choice, and they have never sunburned. The sparse mane and tail is a genetic trait, it has been “bred out” of many of the more popular lines in Appaloosas.

It is linked to the appaloosa coat gene, but the exact connection has yet to be determined. Also related to this gene is the striped hooves, scleras, and mottling that are characteristics of appaloosas.

Please visit the following site for the most current genotype and phenotype research available in the appaloosa breed. I don't have a lot of experience with them, but the ones I have seen have been hardy, healthy, versatile and athletic.

They can be very stubborn and difficult but seem to be very smart and easygoing at the same time. If you can deal with the attitude and the awful manes and tails they often have then I think they make great mounts.

If they have the really bright and defined markings I think they look great, but I've seen so many that are more like roans or their color just blends together, and they look awful. He's twenty years old, and is still keeping up with the younger horses in County Fair, and he has not gotten arthritis yet.

He has not worn shoes since my mom bought him, and he is one of the best trail horses I've ever ridden. The New Peace tribe founded these horses, and they were bred for their coat patterns, being quick for hunting buffalo, and having good stamina for chasing the buffalo.

I've seen a lot of people buy poorly trained but pretty horses with difficult or even potentially tragic results (such as injury). In my opinion all horses are beautiful and unique, but applies are something really special.

You need to keep a fly mask on their face at all times when they are outside in direct sun. Another downside is that they are extremely smart and can outsmart you very easily if you don't know much about horses.

Also, I don't think of them as a stocky breed in fact the applies I have known have a very nice built body. Give me your email and I will send you pics of her, and a video of me riding her.

Well I used to have the sweetest appaloosa named ice he was black and white he was the SWEETEST horse ever but I guess it just depends on the horse I've met nice ones and not so friendly ones Typically, apply's tend to have poor feet and need shoes/special care from the farrier.

Appaloosa is one of the oldest American horse breed, known for its colorful spotty bodies, versatile nature, and historical importance. New Peace tribe of Native Americans is credited for the initial development of this breed in the Pa louse region of North-western America.

Famously, Appaloosa, Appaloosa, and many similar names have been used for Appaloosas in history. As they originated from Pa louse county, an area in northern Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.

Leopard complex is the group of different color patterns in horses as in Appaloosa breed and studies revealed that LP- Gene is involved in producing these great many colored coats. White Sclera: Sclera around the cornea of the eye is white in Appaloosas Mottled Skin: Skin on the muzzle, face, and around genitalia is mottled Striped Hooves: Usually the stripes on the hoof of the horse are not present, however regular stripes on the hooves of Appaloosas are a distinct feature of the breed.

It is not confirmed that horses depicted in paintings are the ancestors of Present Appaloosas; however, researchers realized the presence of the Leopard complex gene in prehistoric times. Appaloosas are sometimes bad reputed due to their pushy and stubborn attitude, that’s why they are named as “Apply”.

They are specially used by beginner horseback riders due to its good temperament, however; beware to break the trust. But such horses tend to produce a characteristic spotty foal due to their genetics.

At the same time, the foal of two appaloosas with a solid coat is called the non-characteristic horse. In 1877 Appaloosas witnessed the New Per war, an armed conflict between the New Peace Tribe of Native Americans and the United States Army.

New Peace was known for good horse breeding practices and for using appaloosas in war. During the war, the tribe resisted and then tried to escape with many Appaloosa horses but failed.

Leopard Complex gene, which is responsible for the eye-catching colors and other unique features of appaloosas also produce some health risks. As the colorization gene (Legend) involves pigmentation of different parts of the body, some horses could not develop sufficient pigmentation around their eyes and are more prone to eye disease like Recurrent Equine Uveitis.

Researchers find that less Pigmentation in the eyes is also a leading cause of night blindness in appaloosa. Many ponies and draft horses with spotted skin pigmentation may have common ancestors with Appaloosas.

Men and women both have and show stubborn qualities. Well, since I was 14 I have become more stubborn because I'm sick and tired of my friend being so bossy and stubborn to me and another reason was because all my life I got bossed round, and I was so easy to boss round.

Terriers were bred to dig out and catch vermin and to do that successfully they have to be stubborn and not give up easily, so that's why they're still stubborn today, they were bred that way. The stubborn boy kept arguing that two times two does not equal four.

--if you know the definition of stubborn, you can probably make zillions of sentences-- International registrations recently surged 65 percent in just one year, and in 1992 there were 526,000 registered Appaloosas in existence throughout the world.

An Appaloosas tail length is determined by genetics and how the horse is cared for. Many of the Appaloosas from older bloodlines have what is called a 'rat tail' as it has little to no hair on it, and what hair maybe thee is typically thin, wispy and short.However, modern Appaloosas tend to have fuller and longer tails thanks to the Quarter horse, Thoroughbred and Arabian blood that was introduced to the breed when it was being 're-created'. So long as the horse has all three of the following it can still be registered as an appaloosa : mottled skin somewhere on his body (usually the lips), white sclera, striped hooves.

Because of lack of understanding from the surrounding people... Which makes them stubborn and rude... they are delicate so should be handled with care.

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