A favorite by many due to their colorful coats and tenacious nature, the appaloosa has long been appreciated for being different.
White color patterns are not linked to the color of the horse, they are actually a pattern on top of the base coat. The appaloosa patterns are expressed through the Leopard Complex and can appear on both chestnut and black base coats.
Two or more patterns can occur in the same horse
Varies a great deal in expression
There are three different traits characteristic of the Appaloosa patterns.
They can occur on solid coats with other leopard complex patterns
They are not a reliable way to determine pattern
Rarely are all three displayed together in the same animal
A minimal expression of the gene
Small dots on skin around mucus membranes, on skin with pigment dots are pink or white, and on pink skin they are dark colored