Definition of Appaloosa Horse

The Appaloosa horse might be one of the most well known to the American public, simply because of its appearances in Western films like True Grit (2010), El Dorado (1966) and The Appaloosa (1966). However, these horses are still known today for their endurance racing and other sporting uses.

The Appaloosa is almost immediately distinguishable thanks to its spotted pattern of coat and striped hooves. This coat has been noted throughout history, even with prehistoric paintings of horses. As such, it was traded all over the world by Chinese, European and Arabian cultures. When it arrived in the Americas during the age of colonialism, the Nez Perce people became one of the most successful breeders of this particular type of horse.

The ins and outs about the Appaloosa Horse breed are explained.  Dictionary entry.  What is the meaning of the term?In the modern day racing scene, the Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) are the registry that takes care of the scene. While they are used for endurance riding, the racing world puts them at a more middle-distance. They normally race between 50 yards (320 m) and 0.5 miles (0.80 km). However, they have the ability to go much further. At Sacramento in 1989, the Appaloosa Ole Wilson ran 4 1/2 furlongs in :49 4/5 breaking the All-Breed World Record which still stands.

Appaloosa racing isn't as widespread as some other breeds, as it is only in 10 states with Oklahoma and California leading followed by Idaho. However, the breed at large still serves as a worthy staple in Western and English riding sports, competitions and just general use.