|The Appaloosa Horse|
In ancient times, Greek people favored art work featuring Appaloosas. People who settled in the Northwest part of the United States began calling them "The Palouse Horse". That may be where the name "Appaloosa" came from.
Today Appaloosas are very popular in Western riding events, but they can be seen in English events as well.
They are also often chosen for movie roles.
One health related issue that Appaloosas are prone to is called "Moon Blindness" or "Periodic Opthamia." No one knows why they are more likely to get this disease, but we know that they carry the gene that makes them more susceptible to the condition. Moon Blindness is a condition of the eye where the eye becomes cloudy and the horse will go blind for a time, but then it clears. Eventually, the horse will become totally blind in the effected eye. At the present time, there is no cure for the disease.
I hope you've enjoyed learning about these beautiful horses.
*Some information on this page was gathered from the internet.