An intelligent and courageous horse, the AraAppaloosa not only makes a perfect horse for riding, but also is a great addition to the family.
While far from being a new breed, the AraAppaloosa is a fairly recent addition to the horse registry of the United States. The AraAppaloosa is a very intelligent horse, possessing great endurance and stamina. Additionally, this horse has a fiery and spirited temperament.
The AraAppaloosa is a combination of two breeds, the Appaloosa and the Arabian. As such, it possesses many of the characteristics of theses two horses. It should be noted that these two breeds separately possess many of the same characteristics, such as hardiness, sure-footedness and are able to get along when the going gets rough, and so it is logical that these two breeds were crossed together. The AraAppaloosa is usually lighter and more athletic than the Appaloosa. The color of the AraAppaloosa is a combination of the Appaloosa and Arabian. This horse can be found in either large or small sizes, depending upon the AraAppaloosa's background.
The AraAppaloosa and Foundation Breeder's International, or AaFBI believes that the Appaloosa and the Arabian horses to be 2 of the oldest horse breeds. The spotted horse is one of the oldest breeds and often pictures Arabian Horses, which were often "parti-colored," can be seen on various art artifacts in both Europe and the Middle East. When Meriwether Lewis visited the Nez Perce Tribe for the very first time, he wrote in his journal about the Native Americans Appaloosas that "Their horses appear to be of an excellent race; they are lofty, elegantly formed, active and durable." Claude Thompson, who was the founder of the Appaloosa Horse Club, believed that the only way to develop the Appaloosa was to cross it with the Arab and thus "created" the AraAppaloosa.