• Short Summary

    SPOTTED HORSES WERE BROUGHT TO NORTH AMERICA IN THE 16TH CENTURY. THE NEZ PERCE INDIANS?

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    SPOTTED HORSES WERE BROUGHT TO NORTH AMERICA IN THE 16TH CENTURY. THE NEZ PERCE INDIANS BECAME PROUD OWNERS OF THE SPOTTED HORSES AND PRACTISED SELECTIVE BREEDING TO IMPROVE THEIR STOCK. THE HORSES DERIVED A NEW NAME, PALOUSE, FROM THE LITTLE WESTERN RIVER (WHICH FLOWED THROUGH THEIR TERRITORY NEAR THE IDAHO MOUNTAINS) ALONG WHICH MANY OF THE HORSES GRAZED AND FROM WHENCE CAME THE NAME APALOUSE, APALOUSY AND FINALLY APPALOOSA.

    IN 1938, THE FIRST OFFICIAL CLUB OF THE BREED - THE APPALOOSA HORSE CLUB INC., WAS FORMED WITH HEADQUARTERS IN MOSCOW, IDAHO. IN 1950, THE CLUB AND THE APPALOOSA BREED WERE APPROVED BY THE NATIONAL STALLION BOARD OF THE UNITED STATES.

    WHEN JIM WYATT, THE OWNER OF THE WYALTA RANCH, 16 MILES WEST OF HIGH RIVER, ALBERTA, SET OUT TO PIONEER THE APPALOOSA BREED IN CANADA HE WAS IN THE RIGHT SPOT FOR THERE ARE MORE OF THE SPOTTED HORSES IN ALBERTA THAN ANYWHERE ELSE IN CANADA. APPALOOSAS ARE CHARACTERIZED BY THEIR DISTINCTIVE AND COLOURFUL MARKINGS. THERE ARE WIDE VARIATIONS IN COLOUR PATTERS AND THE SPOTTING MAY OR MAY NOT EXCEED OVER MUCH OF THE BODY. MORE THAN THAT, THE SPOTS ARE NOT ALWAYS WELL DEFINED BUT THE IDEAL IS A LIGHT-COLOURED RUMP WITH DARK SPOTS, GIVING A POLKA-DOT EFFECT. HENCE THE NICKNAMES - "RAIN DROP" HORSES, "LEOPARD" HORSES AND "INK SPOTS". NATURE FURNICHED THESE HORSES WITH AN EFFECTIVE CAMOUFLAGE AS ANYONE WHO HAS HUNTED APPALOOSAS WHEN THEY TOOK TO HIDING AMONG THE LEAVES AND BRANCHES OF LOW TREES HAS DISCOVERED. STRANGE AS IT MAY SEEN, THE HORSE WITH APPALOOSA MARKINGS IS LIKELY TO POSSESS A SPARSELY-HAIRED MANE AND TAIL. OTHER CHARACTERISTICS ARE A WHITE SCLERA OR OUTER RING ON EACH EYE, A MOTTLED SKIN ABOUT THE MUZZLE, STRIPED HOOVES AND, LAST BUT NOT LEAST, AN UNUSUAL AMOUTH OF HARDINESS.

    OUR STORY WAS SHOT AT HIS RANCH.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACFKAUTZUTZ0IVG2OUKBB7PW8J
    Media URN:
    VLVACFKAUTZUTZ0IVG2OUKBB7PW8J
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/06/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:05:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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