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Cora - 2013-04-21
Many years ago, I read an old western book and it talked about a spotted stallion that they could never capture. It was very smart and cunning, and had a gait it travelled for miles and never tiring. In the mid-90's, I came across a man of indian background in southeastern British Columbia who had a gaited appaloosa. I own a 23 year old gaited morgan mare whom I spent many years on trailrides and packtrips in the mountains. The gait is short-strided and easy on my hips. Does anyone know of gaited appaloosa's or what bloodlines may carry that trait? Morgans were disposed of in the horse show world if they possessed that gait in eastern USA,but it is a gait that can be rode for miles and miles. I have seen 1 gaited appaloosa recently and am interested in one in the future. Thank you. Cora

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-23
    The ancestry of the original Appaloosa horses goes back to Spanish horses brought here by the Conquistadors (16th century). The Appaloosa was then crossed with Spanish bred Paso Fino horses, which resulted in a gaited stock horse. This is a smooth running type of gait that the breeders called the 'Indian Shuffle', and is only found in the old foundation lines of Appaloosas.

    The original Appaloosa genetic pool has been greatly diluted, resulting in very few gaited Appaloosa's. There are said to be some dedicated Appaloosa breeders that are trying to revitalize their foundation genetics. So if you could locate one of these breeders, there could be a possiblity of finding an Appaloosa with this gait.
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Lorna Drake - 2012-04-23
I own a Polish Arabian and he is now white. He is 13 years old and I have owned him since he was 5 years old and only 90 days into training. I have been around horses all my life. After getting my daughters old enough, I was finally able to start riding again in my forties. Faress is the arabians name, yes in the beginning I hit the ground a lot and often. Never was I thrown, but he did spook a lot. Took me awhile to get my seat back since we were learning dressage together. I can only tell you that the bond we share is like no other. He is the smartest horse I have ever owned. He can learn a trick in one day. He and I sleep together in his stall. He is loyal like no other horse. So all of you who do not like Arabians probably couldn't ride one because they are not for the green rider. Nor the chicken hearted. You treat them well and with kindness, they will love you forever. I also own a Warmblood. He is beautiful and big and great at dressage and I love him. I can only say the Arab is the most loving horse I have ever owned. When you lie down in his stall on a blanket and you wake up and he is lying next to you, you know this is the greatest bond ever.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-24
    Sounds awesome. I'd love it.
  • mechi garcia - 2013-01-25
    i have an all white polish arabian thats a rescue. he is 18, and he is the best horse. maximus is the best horse i ever owned, he is so eager to learn. he even plays hide and go seek with me! lol
  • vickie mossman - 2013-03-19
    Hi Lorna, I read your comment I myself came across the arabian by pure accident and now my children ride arabians. I couldn't agree more with you what you wrote was true, correct and beautiful.Yes it is true people who do not like the arabians do not understand their Beauty, Loyalty and Charm. All I can say they have a lot to learn about horses.
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Denise - 2010-09-12
I love horses! My friend has one but she is a real dark brown american saddlebred. I am not allowed to ride her because she is a wild horse.

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  • Moss girl - 2013-04-09
    How can a saddlebred be a wild horse if some one owns it, or is it just not trained? I happened to have a saddlebred-quarter horse last year and he is amazing but do you know if there would be a difference in the way he walks? hope you reply!
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Margaret Louw - 2013-03-11
They say he is a friesian but he stands 18,1 hands and he is only 5 years old he has to white socks (back). Is he a friesian or a Draft horse? Thank you. Margaret

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-03-11
    If he is 5 years old then he is probably as tall as he is going to get. Do you have papers or a reliable source on who his parents are? There's really no way to know unless you have his lineage background. It's quite possible he is just extra tall for a Friesian.
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Anonymous - 2011-05-04
These horses are AMAZING!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-05
    Wouldn't you just love one?
  • Pamela Kreider - 2012-12-10
    I love my horse!
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Cheryl - 2013-03-03
I have a beautiful Morgan mare, I had her since she was 7 mo's old. Now almost 13 yrs old. She is a liver ch-Choc dapple. She is a very fast learner and loves to do tricks, all though, she tends to lie about her age. She loves to jump and trail ride. I'm going to teach her western dressage. She loves music and is a ham in show, and parades. Oh by the way, she is 20% Justin Morgan bloodlines. Justin Morgan came from a mix of Thoroughbred, Arabian, and the Standard bred horse line, in the 1700's. Justin Morgan was born in 1789 and was called Figure then called Justin Morgan.

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Maddy - 2010-05-28
I love this horse! My mom bought me 2, a female and a male. They had ponies... they were so cute! I love these horses!

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  • Anonymous - 2010-10-23
    Uh, baby horses are called foals...not ponies....
  • Anonymous - 2010-10-23
    If you don't know that a male=a stallion or gelding, and a female is a mare... And that babies are foals... You really shouldn't have a mating pair... Even though these guys are really sweet and wonderful... Stallions are...well, stallions...
  • Anonymous - 2012-02-19
    Maddy, why did your mom get you a 'stallion' amd a 'mare'? If you what to breed Shires or any horses, NEVER get a stallion (unless you are a proper horse breeding stud) If you are desperate to breed your own foal, get only a mare that is over 3 years old then, get a stallion at stud to breed your mare. Hope you like the foal(s) you bred. Also, I would recommend that you sell your stallion for your sake and his. By the way: baby horses are called Foals NOT ponies!
  • Response to Anonymous - 2013-01-19
    You really don't have to be so RUDE to her, maybe she is only 10 and just learning about horses.
  • Anonymous - 2013-02-12
    I am 12 and I've been riding for 5 years. I know what a stallion, mare, colt,filly and gelding is. If you can buy 2 horses as easily as that, and breed them, you need to learn some stuff
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Barbara - 2012-10-17
I have loved horses forever because I think the horse is the most beautiful creature God ever created. I have had the pleasure of loving two (Tennessee Walkers) but then got married, had jobs/children, etc., and could not devote the time and energy a horse deserves; had to sell both which broke my heart but they went to good loving people who appreciated them and treated them well. I live in the country and have already told my husband the first thing I am doing when I retire is to get an Arabian because that has always been my dream horse and I intend to participate in endurance trials. There, you have one of my life's dreams.

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  • angela percival - 2013-01-24
    I too am about to follow my lifes dream and buy an arabian horse. Like you I have had horses as a girl - this is my 5oth birthday present.
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HorseGirl15 - 2010-11-23
My aunt has a mustang that she is giving me for my birthday and this website helped me understand them more. Thanks!

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  • Anonymous - 2013-01-22
    I love your horse.
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Ms. Klime - 2012-10-14
Hello all, i am really interested in the knabstrup horses. Unfortunately this website doesn't have a info page on them. I'm having trouble finding any useful tips and info on the knabstrup anywhere! ! ! Any helpful tips would be appreciated. Thank you, ms. Klime

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-14
    The Knabstrup is a very old breed, but very new in the United States. I think the first registry here was accomplished in 2001. check out this website, the American Knabstrupper Association, for more information.
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