Spotted horses can be traced back all the way to the prehistoric period, with cave painting discoved depicting spotted horses that date back over 25,000 years. Most spotted horses carry the LP gene which is found in Appaloosa horses, the Knabstrupper horse and the Pony of the Americas (POA). Below we examine some of these spotted horses from all around the world.
The Appaloosa horse is probably the most common and best known spotted horse breed in the world, In 1937, in the USA he Appaloosa Horse Club was founded, in 1947, 200 horses were registered with the club this has grown to 635,000 Appaloosa horses registered today. Appaloosa horses come in a variety of different colour variations and patterns.
Appaloosa Leopard Coloured Horse
Blanket Appaloosa Horse
Red Roan Appaloosa
The Knabstrupper Horse
The Knabstrupper Horse is a spotted horse breed that traces their origins back to Europe, in 1812, in Denmark a chestnut blanket mare from a Spanish cavalry officer was bred to a Frederiksborg stallion. The result of this genetic pairing produced loudly coloured horses and the Knabstrupper horse breed was formed. In the 1870`s the Knabstrupper horse breed nearly died out and over the next century Appaloosa stallions from America, were used to infuse new blood into the breed, and the Knabstrup-per found new life. Knabstruppers are known to be very trainable and can be found in a variety of different equestrian sports including, showjumping, dressage and eventing.
The Pony of the Americas
Dating back to the 1950s, The Pony of the Americas originate from Iowa whe Appaloosa/Arabian-cross mare was bred to a Shetland pony, when the black and white spotted pony colt was born this colt named Black Hand would become a foundation sire for a new spotted pony breed. Over 70 years later the pony of the Americas has grown as a breed with more than 55,000 registered ponies in North America and Europe, and can seen in all different equestrian disciplines.