PetMD Editorial
By PetMD Editorial on Dec. 6, 2009

The AraAppaloosa is primarily a riding horse and that is used for leisure activities. A common horse breed, it is especially populous in its place of origin, the United States.


Physical Characteristics


The AraAppaloosa is a beautiful breed: elegant, well-proportioned, energetic, and resilient. Similar to the beautiful Arab horse it is related to, the AraAppaloosa has been bestowed with interesting colors and coat patterns. Furthermore, it measures in at 14 to 15 hands high (56-60 inches, 142-152 centimeters).


Personality and Temperament


The AraAppaloosa is a proud breed. It has a haughty, royal bearing. However, it exhibits good temperament after it has been properly trained.


History and Background


This horse is almost exclusively bred by the AraAppaloosa and Foundation Breeder’s International (AAFBI), an organization that believes it alone has the original breed of Appaloosa horses. However, as its name suggests, the breed is a result of crossing the Arab horse with an Appaloosa.


The dispute about what constitutes a true Appaloosa came about because the bloodline of these horses became so muddled through the years of interbreeding. The original Appaloosa, which the Nez Perce Indians bred and reared, became quite scarce. In an effort to preserve the original Appaloosa stock, the AAFBI decided to study the breed and try to recreate the original through the infusion of the Arab blood. The result was the AraAppaloosa, a fine breed that has all the good qualities of its ancestors.


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