Appaloosa

/ap'euh looh"seuh/, n.
one of a hardy breed of riding horses, developed in the North American West, having a mottled hide, vertically striped hoofs, and eyes that show a relatively large proportion of white.
[1920-25, Amer.; orig. uncert.; perh. to be identified with Opelousa a Louisiana Indian tribal name (Compare OPELOUSAS PONEY, recorded in a G text of 1849), though the breed is traditionally associated with the Nez Percé Indians and the Palouse River (W Idaho)]

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Colour breed of horse popular in the U.S. It is said to have descended in the Nez Percé Indian territory of North America from wild mustangs, which in turn descended from the horses of Spanish explorers.

Appaloosas have several distinctive colour patterns and all the regular coat colours of horses. They stand 14–16 hands (about 56–64 in. [142–163 cm]) tall and weigh 1,000–1,100 lbs (450–500 kg). Though light, they are also sturdy.

Appaloosa

Sally Anne Thompson

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▪ breed of horse
  colour breed of horse popular in the United States. The breed is said to have descended in the Nez Percé Indian territory of North America from wild mustangs, which in turn descended from Spanish horses brought in by explorers. The name derives from the Palouse River of Idaho and Washington. The Appaloosa has several distinctive colour patterns and all of the regular coat colours. Some Appaloosas have a solid colour except for a white patch over the hips, interspersed with small, round spots of the same colour as the body. Others have a basic solid colour with white dots over the entire body or are white with coloured dots (see photograph—>). They are 14.2 to 16 hands (about 57 to 64 inches, or 144 to 163 cm) tall and weigh from 1,000 to 1,100 pounds (450 to 500 kg). Appaloosas are of light but sturdy conformation. The Appaloosa Horse Club was organized in 1938.

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