Sunday, September 18, 2011

Chicken Dinner: RTW's Favorite Appaloosa Sites

If you love Westerns, you've gotta love horses. In the 19th Centuray, horses were the primary means of transportation, whether for riding, pulling wagons, or packing. One of the most interesting breeds of horses is the Appaloosa.

Okalahoma State University has a nice overview of the Appaloosa's history. You can look up nearly every breed of livestock imaginable so this is a great site to visit if you need to reseach whether a certain type of animal is appropriate for your story.

If you want a detailed account of the history of Appaloosas, head on over to the Appaloosa Museum. This article follows the development of the breed from prehistoric times, to Spain, to the Spanish invasion of the Americas, to the Pueblo Indian slave revolt and subsequent escape to the north, to the Shoshones in southern Idaho, and then the Nez Perce.

Just about everyone's seen or at least heard of the 2008 movie, Appaloosa, starring Ed Harris, Viggo Mortensen and Renée Zellweger.

And of course Wikipedia has a fairly decent entry for Appies, with a good color chart that describes patterns as well as colors, with pictures.

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  1. I love Appaloosa and Paint horses. Loved Hidalgo far more (despite the claims that Frank was telling tall tales, and never being a race in Arabia) than the one with Viggo (sorry, Aragorn!), Ed and Renee. I didn't see much point to it. However, I did enjoy 3:10 to Yuma - that was really good. And they had great horses too.

  2. I've always been partial to Appies but they make better working horses than pets, only because they're survivors and require lots of exercise. They're sure beautiful.


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