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Exploring the History of the Appaloosa Horse Breed

Originally introduced to Mexico in the 1500s by the Spanish, the Appaloosa is characterized by its mottle skin, white sclera, striped hooves and unique color patterns. In fact, a countless number of different patterns and color combinations can be found on Appaloosa horses. Possible coat patterns include:

  • Blanket
  • Frost
  • Leopard
  • Marbleized
  • Snowflake

Similarly, the base coat may be any of the following colors:

  • Bay
  • Bay roan
  • Black
  • Blue roan
  • Brown
  • Buckskin
  • Chestnut
  • Cremello/perlino
  • Dun
  • Grulla
  • Palomino
  • Red roan

Ranging in height from 14.2 to 16 hands, the Appaloosa is commonly found at gaming events and horse shows. While depictions of the spotted horse can be found on images dating as far back as prehistoric cave paintings, the breed did not gain recognition in the United States until the 1700s. This recognition was at least partially made possible from the help of the Nez Perce tribe of American Indians. Originally sedentary fishers, the tribe later used the power and mobility of the Appaloosa to become well-known hunters and crafters. The Nez Perce war of 1888 ultimately resulted in the spread of Appaloosa herds throughout the West, after which the breed quickly grew in popularity. Today, the breed has even become the official state horse of Idaho.

Regardless of the breed or the size of the horse that you own, you can count on The Last Ride to assist you when the time comes to remove your deceased large animal pet. Contact us today to learn more!