The AraAppaloosa is a cross between the Arabian horse and
the Appaloosa that combines the refined physical characteristics
of the Arabian with the leopard spotted coloring of the Appaloosa.
Since both breeds have been noted for endurance and intelligence,
the resulting cross tends to excel at endurance riding as
well as a variety of horse show disciplines, including ranch
work, which has been performed by either breed. It is also
known as the Araloosa and can also be found under the variant
spellings of Arappaloosa and the Ara Appaloosa. But the AraAppaloosa
is not a new type of horse, but rather it is a breed that
dates back centuries. However, it is a relatively new horse
registry in the United States where the breed is represented
by the AraAppaloosa and Foundation Breeder’s International
(AAFBI) which is, in some ways, a 1995 off shoot of the Appaloosa
Horse Club (ApHC) that was founded in 1938.
The founder of the ApHC, Claude Thompson, remembered seeing
the beautiful Nez Perce Indian Appaloosa of his childhood
and felt that Arabian blood was the only way to develop the
true Appaloosa, so that was the only outcross originally permitted
in the ApHC in 1938, which means that many of the foundation
Appaloosas already have these genes.
In fact, the spotted or parti color horse is one of the earliest,
identifiably distinct breed types and many examples of this
horse pattern appear in ancient paintings of the early Middle
East and Egypt, as well as in cave paintings, artwork and
other artifacts throughout Europe. Historians say that the
spotted horse was of the Arabian breed, which dates back several
centuries and that the Appaloosa and the Arabian horses are
two of the oldest horse breeds with the Arabian being one
of the purest. Because the Arabian has been a distinct breed
type for thousands of years, this is important information
about what the foundation of the AraAppaloosa looked like
and there is no denying that the original Arabian was spotted.
Spotline purebred Arabian horses can be traced to the parti
colored purebreds of the Arabian Desert that had white spots
or other spotting along with white sclera, some mottled skin
and/or striped hooves, all of which are characteristics that
make the Appaloosa breed unique. Although some experts do
not agree that these characteristics on an Arabian horse are
the result of Appaloosa genes, it is generally agreed that
the genes that produce such color features certainly complement
the Appaloosa. The AraAppaloosa also displays the leopard
or Lp gene and therefore must have one of the color patterns
found on the Appaloosa horse, such as tobiano, overo, and
sabino. The gene for roan is also useful in attaining the
optimum color in the AraAppaloosa.
The AAFBI supports those breeders who cross Arabian bloodlines
into their foundation based Appaloosa breeding stock, creating
what they consider to be the original type of Appaloosa horse
since the backgrounds of the both the Arab have much in common.
AraAppaloosa breeders are trying to keep alive the true type
of the Appaloosa as a refined, elegant, athletic and colorful
horse with the AraAppaloosa of today being considered a re
establishment of the best examples of the Appaloosa breed
as originally developed by the Nez Perce people of the Pacific
Northwest in the 18th and 19th centuries.
So, an AraAppaloosa with one purebred Arabian parent may
be registered as a half Arabian with the Arabian Horse Association.
Additionally, since the Appaloosa breed still has an open
stud book to horses of Arabian breeding, many AraAppaloosas
can also be registered with the Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC).
However, they also have their own organization, the AraAppaloosa
and Foundation Breeders’ International, where they can now
be registered as their own breed, so it is not unusual to
find an AraAppaloosa that has been triple registered.
The AraAppaloosa averages between 14 and 15 hands high and
have the general physical conformation of the Arabian horse,
including the refined head, the high carried tail and the
overall elegance. The overall impression of an AraAppaloosa
will be that of a more refined build than the more common
type of modern Appaloosa that has a high percentage of American
Quarter Horse breeding which means that the AraAppaloosa is
usually lighter and more athletic than the Appaloosa.
Like both the Arabian and the Appaloosa, the AraAppaloosa
horse has considerable endurance, sure footedness, intelligence
and a fiery and spirited temperament. With the careful blending
of the bloodlines of these two breeds, a most amazing AraAppaloosa
can be produced.
With the future of the AraAppaloosa leaning more toward sporthorse
competition, many horses are now participating in endurance
racing, 3 day eventing and dressage. The AraAppaloosa is a
fine Appaloosa of great Arabian quality; with all the color,
elegance, performance ability, and stamina that one could
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