The Temperament of the Appaloosa

Every horse breed has its own unique characteristics. This is what sets them apart from the other breeds, aside from their looks. For example, some breeds are known more for their speed such as the thoroughbreds. When it comes to the Appaloosa, they also have some strong temperament characteristics which set them apart from the others.


Overall, a rider can feel confident in trusting the Appaloosa when they are being ridden or handled. That is, provided they have been properly trained. They interact well with humans, but they tend to have a stubborn streak in them which means they must know who is in control.


The Appaloosas are a hardy, sturdy breed and full of energy. They seem to enjoy a variety of activities, and they thrive on learning. While they need to be handled and trained by someone who can be firm with them, they can become aggressive if they perceive that they are being abused in any way.

The Appaloosa has gained a reputation for being one of the best breeds for pleasure riding. They will adapt quickly to many other activities. This is going to take time and dedication on behalf of the owner or may mean investing in a trainer.

Part of the activities which they will adapt to best will depend on the personality traits that they have inherited. Some of these horses are bred for specific events such as racing or trail riding. Meaning that the breeders have focused on bloodlines that are known for these traits.


The Appaloosas are classed as one of the more intelligent breeds of horse. Added to this, they are considered to be playful and often have a spunky nature about them. Some owners may perceive this as being aggressive, which in most cases it is not.

They are also sociable which makes them ideal for human contact.