FIVE FUN FACTS OF MY FAVORITE HORSE BREEDS ~APPALOOSA
Hi Horse Pals,
This week's horse is the Appaloosa. I chose this horse because it is one of Dandy's Horse Pals at the barn. So, this one's for you, Snoopy! You can check out Snoopy in our photo albums.
Fact #1: Once almost extinct, the American Appaloosa is now one of the most numerous horses in the world!
Fact #2: The Appaloosas descended from spotted Spanish horses brought to America and prized by the Nez Perce Indian tribe. They got their name from the Palouse River in the Pacific Northwest.
Fact #3: There are 5 main coat patterns. A leopard is white with black/brown spots. A snowflake has white spots on a dark body. The blanket is white without dark spots over the hips, a marble is mottled, and a frost has white specks on a dark background.
Fact #4: In America gaited spotted horses, those who show the ability to perform an intermediate gait other than the trot (such as the rack, foxtrot, running walk or pace) are termed Walkaloosas. Like the Appaloosa, it is known for its kind, sensitive nature and makes an outstanding pleasure and trail horse. (Cool fact, huh?!)
Fact #5: Appaloosas are highly versatile horses, seen in western riding competitions that include cutting, reigning, rodeo, barrel racing and pole bending. They are also used for English riding in hunt seat, dressage and hunter style events. There is horse racing for Appaloosas, and they do well in endurance riding as well as being casual trail riding companion animals.
Fact #6: I couldn't pass up adding another fact again! Appaloosas are often seen on the big and small screen in Western movies and television series. "Cojo Rojo" starred in the Marlon Brando filmThe Appaloosa and "Zip Cochise" was ridden by John Wayne in the 1966 film El Dorado.
This was a really fun breed to research and I even found a really cool Appaloosa Museum.
Here's a clue for next week's breed: this horse breed can be found in MANY different breeds!