Interest in this distinctive and dexterous equine breed has fluctuated throughout its history, suffering decline during times of war and re-emergence as a versatile working horse during periods of economic downturn, such as the Great Depression of the 1930s.

Analysis of cave paintings suggests strongly that the Appaloosa or spotted horse is the original horse of prehistoric times. Valued for its hardiness, spirit and unique appearance, the Appaloosa is one of the most popular breeds in America to date.

The Nez Perce people are credited with having developed it for riding disciplines in the West, helping it to achieve independent breed status.

In 1938 the Appaloosa Horse Club was established and has since become the third largest registry for equines in the world.

Possessing a muscular and well-balanced body indicative of the American Quarter Horse, which is thought to have contributed to the breed’s development, as well as characteristic striped hooves, the warm-blooded Appaloosa is recognised for more besides its patterned coat.

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The chosen horses of the Nez Perce tribal people that populated the area surrounding the Palouse River in the American northwest, they soon adopted the name ‘Palouse River Horses.’ People obviously found this too much of a mouthful to say and the name gradually became ‘Appaloosa,’ a change which has stuck ever since.

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Our Appaloosa owners' thoughts

Added on 06/02/2014
Joined 20/04/2013
From Kent, United Kingdom

I have 2 and i love them to pieces

Added on 02/03/2014
Joined 15/02/2014
From Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom

i just love the unusual marking .

Added on 10/03/2015

I have breed a few part breed appaloosa. One spotted his full brother is bay and other which is bay with no white markings.

Added on 21/05/2017
Joined 12/03/2015
From Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

Very easy to train, really versatile and usually good doers. Most have lovely temperaments. What more could you want?!

Added on 04/04/2018
Joined 15/08/2016
From Lancashire, United Kingdom

Appaloosa crossed with fell. The best of both worlds. 15h that jumps 125cc and is sure footed. Such a loving, trusting and loyal horse.

Added on 06/07/2018
Joined 16/04/2018
From Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

I have an appaloosa filly she is the most brave and loving filly she is very beautiful and has a massive fan club. Follow my page.. my spotty adventures

Added on 17/04/2019
Joined 03/03/2019
From Leicestershire, United Kingdom

Harley has taken me from a nerves novice to joing a group called sports endurance. he loves nothing more than to be out in the countryside exploring pastures new . He is my horse of a lifetime. he's taught me so much about who I am. I do believe this breed of horse is a 1 person horse , he does allow others to ride him, but he's never quite the same as he is with me .
we put our trust in each other and believe it.
I find this breed so loyal to their owner. he can be stubborn though. love him to the end of the world and back .