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The Appaloosas are famous for the spots on their coat. They first came to the United States from Mexico. The friendly colorful horses became a favorite of the Native American tribe known as the Nez Perce.
The Nez Perce lived in the Northwestern part of the United States. They were great horsemen and skilled riders. The Nez Perce raised large herds of Appaloosas to help them hunt.
Appaloosas are often used in movies because of their beautiful spotted coats.
Appaloosas get their name from a river called the Palouse. The Palouse runs through the states of Washington and Idaho. Appaloosas are gentle horses. They like to please. This makes them great horses for kids.
No two Appaloosas look exactly alike.
The coats of Appaloosas come in five patterns:
Leopard - white coat with black or brown spots.
Snowflake - white spots on a dark body.
Blanket - white coat without dark spots.
Marble – a coat with dark patches.
Frost - white specks on a dark background.
The Appaloosa is the state horse of Idaho.