The Appaloosa breeders of Jorvik cultivated the rare gait, prized by the Nez Percé and ranch hands alike, and called it the Appy Amble. Historically, “shufflers” were highly sought after by cowpokes, the smooth intermediate gait ideal for working all day in the saddle.
In the Pacific Northwest on the Columbia Plateau the Nimíipuu people, called the Nez Percé, developed one of the world’s most colorful breeds. Named by white settlers after the Palouse River, the Appaloosa are descendents of the Spanish horses brought to the Americas. The breed was said to be lofty, narrow bodied, elegantly formed, and some displayed irregular white spots and a unique gait. Their numbers were decimated after the Nez Percé War, the remaining horses confiscated or crossbred for farming. But the flashy coat patterns did not disappear and their global popularity increased over the last century, their bloodlines added to other breeds to spread their beautiful coats.
While iconic in American Westerns, the Appaloosa is a versatile breed that excels in all riding disciplines, performing as well in barrel racing as in show jumping. They are reliable and friendly, good for any age, and intelligent. No two Appaloosa look the same, coming in every base color and several different spotting patterns. They are loyal companions, courageously staying by your side through any adventure, as unique and special as you!