Appaloosa

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origin:United States of America
life expectancy:20 to 35 years
scientific name:E. caballus
family:Equidae
weight:400 to 500 Kg
hardiness and tractability of temperament make our breed more highly sought-after than ever before, with a fast expanding market throughout Europe. Highly adaptable, the Appaloosa excels not only in western riding, but also in many equestrian disciplines from long distance riding to show jumping, dressage, horse-trials, racing, polo and carriage driving.
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History
The Appaloosa horse is an ancient breed depicted in cave paintings as far back as prehistoric times. Spotted horses were bred in Spain and developed into a riding horse and later taken to Mexico in the 16th Century and later spread across North America. These spotted horses were captured by the Nez Perce Indians and were used to produce A Palouse horses which later became known as Appaloosas. In 1938 the Appaloosa was officially recognised as a breed. 
 
General Appearance
The most prominent feature of the Appaloosa Horse is their spotted coats. There are 6 main Appaloosa patterns, but each horse is unique. The patterns are:
  • Leopard is a white horse with coloured spots
  • Snowflake is coloured with white spots
  • Spotted Blanket is mainly coloured with a white back or hindquarters on which there are coloured spots
  • White Blanket has a light body with dark back or hindquarters
  • Marble is coloured at birth but fades to almost white as the horse ages
  • Frosted Tip is coloured with pale or white spots on the loins and hips. 
 
Other identifiable characteristics of the Appaloosa breed are: white sclera around the eye; striped hooves; sparse, short mane and tail; and, mottled skin around the nostrils and genitalia. 
 
The Appaloosa is available in a number of different colours including bay, black, chestnut, white and palomino. 
 
Appaloosa horse temperament 
The Appaloosa Horse is courageous and docile. The breed is also known for its versatility and endurance  
 
Uses
The Appaloosa Horse is commonly used for ranch work, rodeos, trail riding and as a circus horse. It is also suitable for general riding with more making an appearance in competition disciplines in the UK. 
 
Origins of the Appaloosa Horse
The Appaloosa horse is an ancient breed depicted in cave paintings as far back as prehistoric times. Spotted horses were bred in Spain and developed into a riding horse and later taken to Mexico in the 16th Century and later spread across North America. These spotted horses were captured by the Nez Perce Indians and were used to produce A Palouse horses which later became known as Appaloosas. In 1938 the Appaloosa was officially recognised as a breed
 
Height of the Appaloosa Horse
The Appaloosa Horse stands between 14.1 to 15.2 hh.
 
 
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