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Appaloosa
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Equus caballus
Family Name:
Equidae
Origin or Range:
United States
Size:
stands about 14-16 hands.
Weight:
950-1250 lbs.
Compatibility:
Average
 
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Appaloosa

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Appaloosa Description
  The Appaloosa is also known as the Appy and is known for its peaceful disposition. It is a versatile horse and is known to participate and excel in a wide range of activities from jumping, roping, reining, endurance and speed racing. They also make excellent family horses and love pleasure riding. The most definate characteristic of the Appaloosa is the striking and distinctive spotted coat. Dark oval or round spots are seen on their coats on their white hips and loins. Some may have these spots all over their bodies. Some may have white spotting on dark backgrounds, while others may be all white. Each Appaloosa will possess a unique pattern of of spotting, much like a human's fingerprint. In addition to their spotted coats, the skin of the Appaloosa is also mottled with spots. Another interesting characteristic is their eyes. They are very much human with a white sclera, the area around the colored part of the eye. Most other horses possess a dark or black sclera. One final unique characteristic is the the marking on the hooves, which is vertically striped. No other breed has this trait. Their bodies are always proportional, smooth and symmetrical.  
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