About Horses Page 5
This breed gets its name from a Palouse River in Washington. It was bred as a workhorse by the Nez Pierce Native Americans during the 17th century from imported Spanish horses. Quarter Horses have been used to improve this breed, making it a strong, compact and good natured horse. It is athletic and dexterous with good stamina making a good jumper for shows. A smaller horse, standing at 14.2 to 15.2 hh, the Appaloosa has a variety of markings: leopard (white coat with dark spots), frost (dark background with white speckles), blanket (white quarters and loins, sometimes with dark spots), marble (roan coloring with a frost pattern in the center of their body and darker around the edges) or snowflake (dark background with white spots).
These tough horses once roamed the plains of western U.S. Are called Mustangs. They are decended from Spanish horses taken into the United States back in the 1500s. For centuries Mustangs lived a free life, and now efforts are being made to protect them. They stand 13.2 to 15 hh and come in any color. Mustangs are known for being strong, fast, agile and hardy. Not as good natured as many other breeds, many can be domesticated and used as riding or endurance horses but they also make excellent companion animals to other horses.
There are hundreds of different breeds of horses and ponies through out the world. There are even breeds based solely on the color of a horse's coat. When looking for the perfect horse for yourself, it is wise to go to the library or online and read about different horse breeds, their size and temperament to help you decide the best breed for you.