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Appaloosa is both a breed and a color. The color consists of a spotted coat, either leopard spotted (all over) meaning dark spots on a white background, or blanket, (over the hindquarters) it may be just a small spot on the hind quarters or even stretch from withers (top of shoulders) on back.
As a breed, the appaloosa was created by the Nez Perce, along the Palouse river valley of Iowa. The horses were an important part of the native plains people's heritage and the horses suffered with the tribe when they were put on reservations. The soldiers knew harm to the horses would break the people's spirit. The horses originally possessed short, skimpy manes and tails, striped hooves and mottling around the eyes and muzzle, plus a spotted sclera around the eye. As a color, there are other breeds that have it, for instance, the knabstrupper.
- Modern Appaloosas have been interbred some with Quarter horses and Throughbreds to improve the mane, tail and athletism.
- A new breed, the Walkaloosa, has been created in order to combine a walking horses smooth gaits with the spots of the appaloosa.
- Modern appaloosa's that have no spots may be registered as breeding stock, as long as they possess the other characteristics.
- There are races specifically for appaloosas, though they are not as commonly know as harness racing, Thoroughbred racing or Quarter horse racing.
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In the meantime, you'll find products include various sizes, colors and styles of men, woman's and children's shirts, sweatshirts, and jackets. Baby products include blankets, bibs and hats. You will also find home decor like gift boxes, clocks. There are water bottles to carry on your equestrian adventures with your spotted friend, pet bowls so the other four legged critter can join in your appaloosa passion and bumper stickers to tell the world about your favorite colorful breed. And don't forget to wake with your morning coffee with a mug of an athletic appaloosa who never runs out of steam! You will also find a couple of appaloosa ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree. Meanwhile, you could carry your gifts for your horse loving friends in a fine appaloosa sport horse bag.