Appaloosa

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What better way to cut the ribbon on this blog than by entering the April A to Z blogging challenge.  Do stop by my other blog which, in a moment of insanity, I also entered into this challenge.  Just in case you were wondering what you’ll read about in the years to come on this blog, this page may help.

A!  The alphabet of the day.  It’s the first day and already, the task to find something “A” in Idaho threatened to keep me up all night.  Can you imagine how happy I was to find out that Idaho designated the native Appaloosa as the official state horse in 1975?  Someone, somewhere must have had the foresight that I would be posed with this challenge today.  You learn something new every single day.

These are some of the facts about the Appaloosa that were of interest to me.

1.  They are well known for their spotted patterns which include the snowflake, blanket, leopard, marble and frost.

2.  Intermediate ambling gaited Appaloosas are called Walkaloosas.  This has to be my favourite.

3.  They are descendants of the spotted Spanish horses.  They were brought to America and prized by the Nez Perce Indian Tribe.

4.  They are named after the Palouse River that runs through the states of Washington and Idaho.

5.  You might have caught sight of them in movies like The Appaloosa (obviously) and El Dorado.

So there you go.  Catch me on the “B” side.

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