The Ara Appaloosa is a cross between the two oldest horse breeds in the world- Arabian horse and Appaloosa. They are considered to have similar ancestry, thus many characteristics are common for both breeds. Refined physical characteristics of Arabian and leopard spotted coat pattern of the Appaloosa makes this breed beautiful to look and a real pleasure to ride them.
They are talented, intelligent and known for their endurance, which actually are mutual characteristics for both Arabian and Appaloosa. Beside Ara Appaloosa, other names that are used for this breed are Araloosa and AraAppaloosa. Anyway this is not a new type of horse, though the Register is quite new, dating from 1995 as an off shoot of the Appaloosa Horse Club 1938.
The Ara Appaloosa and Foundation Breeders International AAFBI intend to keep alive the true values of the breed and re establish the best examples of the breed that Nez Perce people developed during 18th and 19th centuries. M. Lewis is the first white man that saw the modern Appaloosa horse by visiting the Nez Perce tribe in 1806. This horseman and explorer describe them as lofty, elegantly formed, active and durable horses.
So as Claude Thompson the founder of the Appaloosa Horse club talks about his first impressions when he saw the first Appaloosa. He knew that only by crossing those with Arab blood, because of their similar ancient origins, can develop a true Appaloosa. Ara Appaloosa is a quality, elegant, refined, athletic and colorful horse that has ability to go as far as possible.
They influence on Arabian and Appaloosa breed and some claim that spotted horses are the oldest horse type in the world. Many painting of these horse patterns in caves and other artifacts, confirms this.
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