Here is my leopard mare Nevada Harlequin (Harli), a purebred appaloosa registered with the Australian Appaloosa Association. I have owned Harli since she was 4 months old, she is now 6 years old.
Harli has had two foals, a solid (non-spotted) bay colt, Jack, who is now a gelding and nearly 2 years old; and Elle, my delightful dark brown filly with lots of spots!
The leopard pattern is often reffered to as a LOUD pattern, meaning it has lots of eye-catching colour. It by no means ensures coloured offspring, or that the foals will have a similar coat pattern. One of the joys (and frustrations) of breeding appaloosa horses it the genetic lotto game – spots or not?
Although appaloosa horses have been recorded throughout history, they are best known for being the horses bred by the Nez Perce indians in Idaho. They were revered for their toughness, stamina & coat colours. The Nez Perce were the only Native American peoples who selectively bred their horses, gelding colts who were not of stud quality.