Walkaloosa horse breed information
The Walkaloosa horse is a horse that performs an intermediate smooth gait besides the trot. Simply stated, they are a gaited horse with appaloosa patterning.
Head of complimentary size in relationship to the neck and body of the horse; may be of any profile except extremes of those profiles. Sometimes slightly convex just above the nostril but not between the eyes. Most commonly with a face which is neither dished nor protruding. The concave or dishface is not typical and an extremely Roman nose is not desirable. The head conveys the indefinable presence of the horse and should have an expressive face, large sparkling eyes, with a clean chiseled profile and well defined jaws, the nostrils are large and gently flared set over firm fine lips and an even bite. The ears should be of medium length and shapely, sometimes curving and curling inwards at their points. They will be somewhat longer in the mare.
Faults: Severe overshot or undershot jaw, common or coarse head, Pig eyes, Parrot mouth
Length of neck will vary with type. It should neither be thickset or narrow but arched, well muscled and tapering in relation to sex. Thickness of neck will vary with sex and bloodline. The neck should be long enough, flexible at the poll and mobile enough to work in conjunction with the head position necessary to facilitate balance in the gait performed. Neck ties in at the shoulder at an angle appropriate for the gait bred for - that is, horses performing a gait requiring a ventroflexed back should have a naturally higher neck set than one bred to perform a gait requiring a level or slightly dorsiflexed back. The neck should be longer on topline (from straight to arched upward) and shorter on bottom line. Neck to shoulder attachment should be smooth and clean, with neck to shoulder placement varying with gait types. The stallion should have more crest than the mare or gelding.
Faults: Thick throatlatch, thick neck, low neck set, ewe neck.
Throat - Latch
Throatlatch should be clean, deep and sufficiently refined to allow proper flexion and normal respiration at all times in all movements. Width between jaws is desirable.
Topline should be level or slightly uphill to enhance self-carriage, impulsion and gait.
Faults: Downhill horses (particularly with no withers). A square outline, the horse being taller than it is long.
May vary from short to long and still be quite typical. Strong, well muscled loin.
Faults: Excessively long back, especially when coupled with a weak loin connection. Extreme downhill conformation. Thick, coarse or overly muscular appearance. Insufficient muscling to the loin or any crookedness of the back are serious faults.
Shoulder angle should permit free and smooth movement of the front legs sometimes sloping, sometimes laid back, with depth through the heart. Moderate width through the chest. Withers well defined, but not pronounced. Well Sprung ribs and deep heart-girth to promote ease of breathing during exercise.
Walkaloosa has radiant coloring.
Walkaloosa ranges in size from 13 to 16 hands high with 14 to 15.2 being most typical and desirable.
Walkaloosa weighs between 600 and 1,300 lbs (270-580kg).
They have generous and docile temperament, and also are kind, gentle, and willing, which makes them suitable for amateurs.
Although the Walkaloosa Registry is fairly new, the Walkaloosa horse has been around for centuries. Appaloosa breeders claim to have the oldest recognizable breed known to man - a claim backed by drawings of spotted horses in the prehistoric ice caves of France. Paso Fino breeders consider their breed to be the oldest breed in the Western Hemisphere. The ancestors of the Paso Fino came to the New World with Columbus on his second voyage from Spain. Paso Fino literally translated is "smooth gait". The Paso Fino horses were the preferred mounts of the Conquistadors. Some of their Fino horses also carried the spotted coat patterns of what is known as the Appaloosa today. As horses made their way North, the Nez Pierce Indians eventually claimed them. The Nez Pierce were one of the only tribes to practice selective breeding. They were very proud of their spotted horses and well pleased with what was known as the Indian Shuffle. The Indians could move their households quickly without undo jarring of belongings or rider.
Cowboys were said to be willing to pay up to $50.00 more for a "Shuffler". The easy gait saved wear and tear on the cowboy and his gear as it had for the Spaniards and the Indians before him.
After the founding of the Appaloosa Horse Club in 1938, the gaited spotted horses were lumped with all other spotted horses and called Appaloosas.
They are mainly valued by their owners for their comfortable ride and are used for pleasure, pack and trail riding.
Walkaloosa interesting facts
The Walkaloosa is simply a gorgeous Appaloosa horse with a gait! The gait of the Walkaloosa is so smooth that a Walkaloosa has been known to carry a glass of water on its back while running without spilling a drop!
In order to qualify as a Walkaloosa, a horse must meet one of three criteria: 1. Be the progeny of a Registered Walkaloosa stallion and mare or; 2. Show Appaloosa coloring and demonstrate an intermediate gait, other than a trot or: 3. Be the product of verifiable Appaloosa and gaited horse blood.
Sugarland Appaloosas, Headland, Alabama
O-Ranch Apps, Marianna, Florida
Yankeeburg Stables, Reno, Ohio