Research Paper: Appaloosa

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The Appaloosa Horse
Did you know there are over three hundred and fifty breeds of horses? The Appaloosa is one of those breeds. It has a very interesting history and it also had many uses. In this paper you will find out what the horse is, the history of the horse, what it is famous for, and some interesting facts about this wonderful horse! What is an appaloosa? An Appaloosa is a breed of horse. According to Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language, a horse is any of several varieties of large, strong animals (Equus caballus) with four legs, solid hoofs, and a flowing mane and tail, long ago domesticated for drawing or carrying loads, carrying riders, etc. Encyclopedia.com states, this horse can be somewhere around fourteen hands high{hh}, and can weigh about 1100 pounds. The unit of measurement, hands, is used to tell how tall a horse is. The unit is equal to four inches. The height of a horse is measured from level ground to the highest non-variable, skeletal structure of the horse, the withers (http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca). The history of this particular horse is unique. It starts with cave drawings in what is now France, dating back to 20,000 years ago. There were spotted appaloosas. These horses were originally bred by the Nez Perce indians of Idaho, Northeast Oregon, and Southwest Washington. Ultimatehorsesite.com states this horse breed changed the Nez Perce forever. It helped them hunt buffalo easily. This tribe of indians excellent horsemen as well as the only native americans known to selectively breed their horses.The horses name, Appaloosa, came from the Palouse River. Horses were abundant there. The river flows through Eastern Washington and North Idaho. The horses were first referred to as A Palouse Horse. Soon, it was shortened to Appalousey. The name Appaloosa was made official in 1938. During the late 1800’s, early 1900’s people became more interested in this breed. Consequently, on March 25, 1975, The Appaloosa was...
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