AraAppaloosa is a refined version of the Appaloosa in many ways.
The main registry for the breed was established in an effort to
protect and develop the Appaloosa. Because of claims of similar
ancient origins, the registry allowed the Appaloosa to be crossed
with pureblooded Arabians. The AraAppaloosa of today is said to
be a re-establishment or preservation of the best examples of the
Appaloosa breed found, namely, in early American Indian tribes.
The AraAppaloosa is a combination of
two breeds, the Appaloosa and the Arabian. As such, it possesses
many of the characteristics of theses two horses. It should be noted
that these two breeds separately possess many of the same characteristics,
such as hardiness, sure-footedness and are able to get along when
the going gets rough, and so it is logical that these two breeds
were crossed together. The AraAppaloosa is usually lighter and more
athletic than the Appaloosa. The color of the AraAppaloosa is a
combination of the Appaloosa and Arabian. This horse can be found
in either large or small sizes, depending upon the AraAppaloosa's
can be expected the AraAppaloosa is known primarily by its coat:
to be one of the basic coloration patterns found on the Appaloosa.
The horse stands between 14 and 15 hands high and takes on the general
conformation of the Arab: refined head, stamina, and elegance. The
AraAppaloosa and Foundation Breeder's International is, in some
ways, an off-shoot of the Appaloosa Horse Club founded in 1938.
The AAFBI was formed for those breeders interested in establishing
the Appaloosa with Arabian blood. Both breeds show ancient ancestry
in Asia Minor, leading the AAFBI to believe that a crossing of the
two would lead to the "true" Appaloosa horse (good examples of which
were seen, and today modeled after by the AAFBI breeding program,
in the Nez Perce Indian tribe's stock in the early 18th century).
There are claims that the spotted horse
is the oldest horse "type" found in the world, and it is the AraAppaloosa
Registry's aim to develop a refined horse that lives up to this
history. Like the Pintabian, the AraAppaloosa is any high-quality
Appaloosa that is crossed with an Arabian. Breeders claim that the
ancestry of both the spotted horse and the Arabian are similar and
should thus be incorporated into a single, dignified breed.
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