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Walkaloosa horses are a gaited horse with appaloosarnpatterning. The gaited horse with appaloosa patterning has been documented inrnhistory for hundreds, even thousands of years. Then in 1938 when the animalsrnwho exhibited LP complex (the genetic factor that causes the spotting of the AppaloosarnHorse) were brought together to form the registry that became the AppaloosarnHorse Club, the gaited animals were lumped together with all appaloosarnpatterned horses as the stock that became Registered Appaloosas.rnrn 

rnrnAlthough the ApHC has years of crosses with many otherrnstyles of horses that became the breeds of Quarter Horse, Arabian, andrnThoroughbred, the breeders shied way from including the naturally gaitedrnanimals in their breeding program - due to the dictates of the show ring. ThernAppaloosa Horse Club will, in fact, no longer accept for Registration, any foalrnwith Appaloosa coloring and a parent from a gaited breed.rnrn 

rnrnIn spite of this exclusion, many full blooded, registeredrnAppaloosas still perform a natural gait often referred to as the "The IndianrnShuffle." However the gene pool within the ApHC is rather slim and fewrnbreeders exist who strive to perpetuate this tendency. The Walkaloosa HorsernAssociation was formed in 1983 to preserve the gaited appaloosa-patternedrnhorses for future generations. The goal was a simple one: preserve, improve andrnperpetuate the natural smooth gait in a spotted patterned animal that canrnperform a smooth gait as the intermediate gait undersaddle. There are manyrnhorses within the registry who are 3rd or 4th generation Registered Walkaloosarnand new animals are being accepted as the books are still open by inspection.rnJust as all breed registries had to at some point gather the animals that metrntheir criteria to acknowledge and certify as the type the Registry wishes to perpetuate,rnthe WHA is continuing that process.rnrn rnrn 

rnrnIn order to qualify as a Walkaloosa, a horse must meet onernof three criteria: 1. Be the progeny of a Registered Walkaloosa stallion andrnmare or; 2. Show Appaloosa coloring and demonstrate an intermediate gait, otherrnthan a trot or: 3. Be the product of verifiable Appaloosa and gaited horsernblood.rnrn 

rnrnA Walkaloosa is able to walk, gait, and canter with equalrnease. Walkaloosas stand at 13-16 hands high but most fall between 14 and 15.2rnhands high.rnrn 

rnrn rnrnThe muscling of the Walkaloosa will depend on the type ofrngaits it performs. Generally, stallions will exhibit masculinity and mares willrnlook feminine. They range from 13-16 hands high with 14-15.2 hands beingrndesirable. The head may be of any profile except an extreme of those profilesrnand a Roman nose is undesirable. The neck conformation varies between gait typernand sex. The throat latch should be clean and allow for proper flexion andrnbreathing. The top line should be level or slightly uphill, the back's lengthrncan vary but should have a well-muscled loin. The angle of the shoulder shouldrnallow freedom of movement and the withers should be well defined but notrnpronounced.rnrn 

rnrn rnrnWalkaloosas may not exhibit severe overshot or undershotrnjaws, common or coarse heads, pig eyes, or parrot mouth. Other faults not to bernincluded in the breed include a thick throat latch, a thick neck, a low neckrnset, ewe neck, some downhill horses (particularly with no withers), a squarernoutline, or the horse being taller than it is long. Faults relating to the backrnare: an excessively long back, especially when coupled with a weak loinrnconnection, extreme downhill conformation, thick, coarse or overly muscularrnappearance, insufficient muscling to the loin, or any crookedness of the back.

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