An “App”-solute Pleasure – Part Two

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Submitted by Raenie R. - Earned my bronze and silver medals on Major Polkadots

It is an “app”-solute pleasure to feature Appaloosas as February’s Breed of the Month! 

Known for both their versatility and their color, Appaloosas were first bred by the Nez Perce tribe, whose herds were renowned for their strength, intelligence, and beauty. The early 1800’s led to settlers seeking out “A Palouse Horse” for themselves (named for the Palouse River in Northern Idaho). This early name evolved to become today’s Appaloosa. The 1877 Nez Perce War resulted in the tribe’s herds being dispersed. 

Today’s Appaloosas can be found excelling in western pleasure, gaming, working cows, and dressage. They are prized for their easy-going nature and reliability. 

The Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) was founded in 1938 to preserve the breed, and owners, riders, and handlers of dressage Appaloosas have the opportunity to earn special awards through the Adequan®/USDF All-Breeds Awards, as the Appaloosa Horse Club is a Participating Organization

We recently asked our social media followers to share photos of their Appaloosa and Appaloosa crosses, and let us know what makes these horses so special. Below, you can see some of their photos and stories! Check out Part One here, and keep an eye out for more galleries and exclusive stories featuring these historic horses through the end of February 2022!

Do you want to share a photo of your Appaloosa? E-mail us at yourdressage@gmail.com for your chance to be featured!

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