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  Appaloosa Myths and Facts
(as we see them)

Myth: If I breed to an Appaloosa stallion with color, I have a good chance of getting a colored foal.

 Fact: Extensive crossbreeding of Appaloosas to other, solid breeds of horses has reduced the strength of the Appaloosa color gene. Although a stallion with extensive crossbreeding might be colored, he may not be able to produce color consistently. The less percentage of Appaloosa blood in the pedigree, the less likelihood you have of getting a colored foal.

Myth: Appaloosa is a color. If a horse has spots, it's "all Appaloosa."
 Fact: Appaloosas are a breed known for a variety of characteristics - soundness, stamina, versatility, good minds and great dispositions. Extensive crossbreeding to other breeds dilutes these characteristics as well as the horse's ability to produce color.

Myth: About the only reason to breed to a "Foundation-bred" Appaloosa is for color. If I want to breed performance horses, I have to crossbreed to get the natural ability and movement I need.

 Fact: True, the leopard coat pattern often present in "old-line" Appaloosas is the strongest manifestation of the Appaloosa color gene. True, leopards are the strongest color producers. But a growing number of breeders are recognizing that-beyond being one-of-a-kind treasures in their own right, with a history of over 3,000 years-many bloodlines of "old-line" Appaloosas possess exceptional movement and performance ability. Without extensive Quarter Horse crossbreeding, many of these bloodlines produce long-muscled, elegant horses.

Myth: Foundation-bred Appaloosas are ugly, stocky little things with rat tails and jug heads.

 Fact: Sunspot's Eclipse and the other Foundation-bred horses in our breeding program at Silvermoon Appaloosas.

Contact:

Silvermoon Appaloosas
Gala Argent & Bob Schuster
P.O. Box 1425
Foresthill, CA 95631
530-367-3912
E-Mail:gala@argentco.com


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