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The beautiful Appaloosa horse is a favorite of Americans; whether you are a cowboy, Native American, rancher, or horse lover.
Originally bred by the Nez Percé Indians; they are most recognized by their beautiful spotted coats and mottled skin, which are believed to be the result of the introduction of many different breeds over generations of breeding.
The gentle, hard working and easy to train qualities of the Appaloosa horse breed make them a favorite among horse owners. In the United States, they are used for farm work, racing, general riding, mounted athletics, dressage, as well as jumping and endurance.
Naming a beloved animal whether a farm animal or pet; can be fun and exciting, especially if the breed has a special legacy attached to it as does the Appaloosa horse. Careful consideration to the horse's lineage should be considered.
Naming your horse after his parents or grandparents is a very traditional way of selecting a name. One might also consider the appearance of the horse, his role in life (whether he is to be a sport, working or leisure animal), male or female, or personal preference.
Be sure to pick a name that is easy to say, is a bit of fun and fits your horse's personality. This breed has inspired many famous Appaloosa names.
As you can see, legacy names are very important in Appaloosa breeding. Fun fact: Cochise was the name of John Wayne's Appaloosa in the movie 'Road to El Dorado'. How's that for a famous Appaloosa name?
Male Appaloosa horses are favored for their beautiful coloring, their sweet spirits, the heart for hard work, and their place in American history. Long beloved by the Nez Perce Indians, these horses were bred by the Nez Perce people for hunting, to promote tribal wealth, and travel.
At one point, they had the largest herd of Appaloosa horses in North America. The Appaloosa was made famous in a number of Westerns, and movies all about the Appaloosa called 'Run Appaloosa, Run', 'The Appaloosa' and 'True Appaloosa'.
These served to bring the Appaloosa to the forefront of the American imagination. Movie goers fell in love with “Holy Smoke”, and quickly became fans of “The Appaloosa”, Cojo Rojo, who did all his own stunts!
If you are not inclined to get your male Appaloosa horse name from the movies, there are plenty of others from which to choose. A name should be befitting of the animal as well as its owner.
Many Appaloosa enthusiasts like to select a name that reflects the unique, spotted coat of these horses. A great male Appaloosa horse name should be fun, yet noble – a name befitting a horse with a great American heritage:
It could be beneficial to let your horse go without a name for a few weeks as you get to know her. As her personality comes into focus, you might get ideas for some imaginative names that would be a perfect fit for her.
Because horse names are unique, your mare's habits, preferences, and actions may hold the key to discovering the perfect name for her.
Here are the top female Appaloosa horse names to consider:
Of course, whatever name you choose for your Appaloosa will reflect the spirit of the animal and the relationship you share.
Whether you keep your horse for riding, working, showing or riding the range, your Appaloosa will work hard, keep you company, be a gentle spirit and an untamed American horse, all at the same time. Be good to your friend, the Appaloosa, and he will be good to you.
If your horse makes you happy like nothing else, you'll certainly love our Things Don't Make me Happy My Horse Does shirt. Also, check out these awesome Appaloosa facts if you want to know more about the breed!
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