Leopard Appaloosa Mare by skyhorse

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.


  • Wendy  Slee
    Wendy Sleeabout 6 years ago

    what a beauty! (you lucky thing!)
    She has the kindest face and eyes…….
    (I had a blue leopard appaloosa small horse……(about 8.3hh)…..he was a reall stunner but did not seem to throw any spots……I now have his 16yo daughter here (miniature horse) and she is straight chestnut with the striped hooves…..with two white spots on her bum…but having never shown another sign or produced a coloured foal……..makes me wonder if the spots are just bird poo….lol)

  • Thank you Wendy, she is a a bit of a difficult mare, but I love her anyway :-D
    They are really only just beginning to understand how the spotting genes work, Jack’s dad is a chestnut quarter horse & elle’s dad is a palomino quarter horse – neither carry any spotting gene & look at the 2 foals!

    – skyhorse

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsabout 6 years ago

    She is gorgeous!!

  • thanks Marvin, she thinks that too LOL

    – skyhorse

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseabout 6 years ago

    OUTSTANDING breed Sky!! LOVELY shot of your beautiful mare!!! :))))

  • Thanks so much Rose, I’m a HUGE appaloosa fan since my first contact with the breed – I bought the gelding I was having lessons on, we had some wonderful years together before he crossed the Rainbow Bridge. He turned me into an Appaloosa breeder!

    – skyhorse

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful capture of your beautiful mare.

  • thanks Rosalie, she is finally learning not to walk into my space when I carry the funny black box LOL

    – skyhorse

  • aimznabz
    aimznabzabout 6 years ago

    what a pretty lady!! her offspring look just as dashing!

  • Harli is a sweetie really but very “pushy”, so I’m even more delighted that her foals are super-friendly & easy to handle – whoever finally buys Jack will be getting a wonderful horse! Elle will be staying with me :)

    – skyhorse

  • thank you for favouriting this one :D

    – skyhorse

  • Braedene
    Braedeneabout 6 years ago

    You are so lucky – what a gorgeous horse. I love horses, ride weekly but don’t own one – stunning shot of her. Love it. Liz

  • I haven’t ridden for a few years due to hip injury/recovery, but finally have an older mare to get my confidence back with – Harli is strictly a broodmare, as I’ll never be brave enough to take her on, we are both very strong-willed LOL

    – skyhorse

  • louisegreen
    louisegreenabout 6 years ago

    She is so lovely Skyhorse, that is great to see her two babies on the same page as well.

  • Glad you like the page layout – thought it was an interesting contrast in what offspring you can get. She’s in foal to Elle’s sire again, trying for another spotted QHx baby (the appaloosa stallion her is Harli’s sire, so not an option)

    – skyhorse

  • Viv Andrew
    Viv Andrewabout 6 years ago

    We don’t see many of them here in Scotland, but she’s a real beauty!

  • thank you, your comment is much appreciated – I’m not exactly an unbiased judge :)

    – skyhorse

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 6 years ago

    Lovely lady (she still has little legs, so it was not just my photo HAHA)

  • Actually it was your photo, as this one is taken at a shocking angle too! Just it’s almost impossible to get a shot of her alone without her trying to crawl inside the damned camera!

    – skyhorse

  • mmills3080
    mmills3080about 6 years ago

    what a wonderful portrait of your beautiful horse!! Love it!

  • thanks, shame she was standing so badly, legs all over the place – nowadays am lucky to get far away from her to get a whole body shot & it’s quite frustrating (nostrils aren’t that interesting in gruesome close-up LOL)

    – skyhorse

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