The breed almost died out after the U.S. calvary slaughtered the Indian's horses after chasing the tribe into the Bear Paw mountains of Montana. In 1938, a group of concerned horse people in Moscow, Idaho began a registry, the Appaloosa Horse Club, to save the breed. It now has the third largest registry in the world.
Probably the Appaloosa's most distinguishing feature is its spotted coat, which
can be found in various patterns. The more common patterns are a dark body color
with light spots (snowflake), and a white body with dark spots (leopard). There