Today’s Horse Facts: The Appaloosa

If you want a splashy horse, get yourself an Appaloosa.


Today’s Horse Facts: The Appaloosa

Do you want a flashy horse that will turn every eye your way every time you trot by? Then you want an Appaloosa. One time I owned a strawberry roan that ALMOST could have been an Appaloosa, but her spots were way too big and blotchy so we had to call her a Pinto! Isn’t that a riot? If you know your horses, then you know that … well, let’s see exactly how much you do know about this splashy, head turning horse breed. Here we go with our T/F quiz:

  1. The name “Appaloosa” came from the word “palousey” back in colonial times.
  2. The Iroquois Indians bred the first Apps.
  3. The Appaloosa breed registry was formed in the USA in 1938.
  4. An App must have a blanket that covers its rump or its entire body.
  5. A registered App must have striped hooves, a white outer coat (sclera) around its eyeballs, and black lips.
  6. A registered App can be crossbred only with Arabians, American Quarter Horses, and Morgans.
  7. Because of their stocky build, Apps are shown only in western classes.
  8. There are five basic coat patterns: leopard, snowflake, marble, frost, and raindrop.
  9. Registered Apps must be at least 14.2 hands.
  10. All App foals are born black.

Let me know if you got at least eight of these questions correct. If so, then you are an Appaloosa expert! Here are the answers:

  1.  T
  2.  F  The Nez Perce Indians, who lived in what is now Idaho and Washington, bred the Apps first.
  3.  T
  4.  T
  5.  F   A registered App must have striped hooves, a white outer sclera around its eyes, and spotted skin around the eyes and lips.
  6.  F   Registered Apps can only be crossbred with Arabians, AQ Horses, and Thoroughbreds.
  7.  F  They’re shown in English classes too.
  8. F  The five coat patterns are leopard, snowflake, marble, frost, and blanket.
  9. T
  10. F  Foals can have color but their coats usually get more intense as they get older.


Well, do you know your horse facts about the Appaloosa? If you want to learn more, look up these other websites for you to check up on additional facts about the beautiful breed:,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.,cf.osb&fp=ca6c8ac50bfa60d6&biw=1366&bih=651

Next time, we’ll take a ride to Austria to visit the Lipizzan.

Happy riding!




2 thoughts on “Today’s Horse Facts: The Appaloosa

  1. Hi Marsha. Love that you featured Appaloosas. Statements 1 and 4 are also False. The name came from the Palouse River and the blanket pattern is not a requirement, but it is my favorite. I hope you get a lot more folks excited about this very intriguing breed of horse.

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