ICAA defines Purebred as an individual horse with eight-generations of like ancestors without any outcrossing to another breed.
Therefore, the Appaloosa Purebred is emerging, but does not yet exist.
An ICAA accepted “Appaloosa” coat pattern, easily recognized from 15-feet away.
White sclera encircling the iris of the eyes; mottling of the skin, most noticeable around the eyes, sheath/udder, and under the tail; vertically striped hooves on legs without white leg markings.
Height must be at least 14-hands high at the age of five-years old.
Manes and tails can range from short and sparse to long and full
Straight, lean head with a clean-cut throatlatch; an ample chest, expanding into a deep heart-girth; prominent, well-defined withers extending into well sloped shoulders; the back has a short appearance with a well-sprung ribcage, leading into a medium length underline; long, sloping hip and croup; long, wide forearms and gaskins, leading into short, flat cannons and clean, straight hocks; adequate length and slope to pasterns; hard hooves with wide heels, of adequate size, set on legs that are well-placed under the body to support the horse.
Free from any unsoundness and/or genetic defects.
Artwork by Laura Lyon
ICAA uses the full-generation concept of eight-generations with no out-crossing to produce a true purebred Appaloosa, following the generally accepted genealogy method for generation identification.
It is the ICAA Appaloosa breeder's responsibility to choose quality Appaloosa stallions and mares that complement each other, and to eventually produce offspring of Appaloosas eight-generations deep and deeper, with each new generation being better all-around than either parent.
For more information on the required characteristics and traits, and on traits that will make a horse ineligible for registration with ICAA, please go to our Registration pages (where you will find a dropdown menu to Registry Divisions, Requirements (linked below), Ineligible, Genetic Testing, What to Submit, Calculating Level, Characteristics, and Photo Do's and Don'ts).