Arguably one of the most famous horse breeds, Appaloosa horses have captured the hearts of many equestrians around the world due to their uniqueness and individuality. The Appaloosa rose to fame due to popular fictional movies, such as the 1966 film named after the breed.

While there are certain traits associated with Appaloosas, many people still do not understand a lot about these horses and what distinguishes them and has set them apart, which is why I have listed some fun and informative facts about this fascinating breed.

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1) Not every Appaloosa horse has the famous markings they are known for:

While Appaloosas are more commonly seen with distinct spots and markings, some can be completely solid in color!

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2) It’s not always possible to predict the color of an Appaloosa at birth:

Horse owners know that many breeds change colors as they get older, and the Appaloosa is no different.  Appaloosas that are born with either varnish roan or snowflake patterns are the most likely to change as they grow older.

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3) Appaloosa horses are usually average in both height and weight:

Appaloosas are considered “average” in regards to their overall stature. Many horses in this breed are between 14 and 16 hands and weigh in the 1,100 range.

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4) Appaloosas need experienced owners:

The Appaloosa horse is not for the inexperienced rider as they are known for their quickness and excellent agility.

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5) This breed is highly diverse:

Appaloosas can do it all! These horses are used in a multitude of events like dressage, endurance riding and show jumping.

Want to learn more about these spotted beauties? Click here to read our article, A Horse Of A Different Color: Appaloosas.