The Walkaloosa horse breed is a relatively uncommon breed from the United States. Walkaloosa horses are gaited horse breeds with the same exotic appaloosa pattern and origins as the Appaloosa horse (the breed is gaited Appaloosa). The breed is believed to have developed an ambling gait by crossing the Appaloosa horse with a gaited breed such as the Tennessee Walking Horse. Some also believe the breed may originate from Paso Fino, Missouri, the Fox Trotter, and the Peruvian Horse.
The breed is primarily famous for its spotted coat pattern, even though it is approved for most coat colors. It was previously known as a gaited Appaloosa and wasn’t recognized as its breed until the Walkaloosa Horse Association was established in 1983.
1 Gaited Breed
The Walkaloosa is a gaited horse breed with a Fourth gait (one more than the regular walk, trot, and canter). This 4-beat gait is a smooth, natural gait faster than a walk but slower than a canter. This makes Walkaloosa horses an excellent option for trail riding horses, as their ambling gait is not as bouncy as trot and can be held longer. The gait is also known as the ‘Indian shuffle.’
2 Strict Breeding Program Requirements
The Walkaloosa Association describes the breed as a ‘Gaited Horse with a Fancy Paint job.’ The ideal Walkaloosa horse should be bred with good conformation and a calm nature. The breed standard is stated clearly on the breed registry’s website. An ideal Walkaloosa will have a shorter back with a higher neck conformation that may be slightly arched. Radiant coloring is encouraged with the leopard patterning but is not a must for it to be a registered breed. The Walkaloosa Registry encourages selective breeding with only the best stallions to keep the breed pure for future generations.
“The Walkaloosa is a gaited horse with a fancy paint job.”Walkaloosa Registry
3 Great Family Horse
Walkaloosa horses are a gentle and intelligent breed, making them perfect family horses. They are quick learners, and their brilliant minds can be trained to excel in almost any discipline.
4 Thrive in Both Cold & Warm Climate
The Walkaloosa gene pool is spread throughout North America, and many thrive in warmer climates in Texas, Florida, and Arizona. In contrast, others have been exported and thrive in the cold Winters in Canada. The appaloosa coloring has increased the breed’s popularity; hence, the breed has slowly spread globally.
5 Spotted Coat Pattern
The Walkaloosa horse is mainly known for its unique spotted coat pattern, but the breed comes in any appaloosa coat pattern, including leopard, bay, black, chestnut, gray, grulla, and more.
6 A “New” Horse Breed
The earliest recorded registration of a walkaloosa did not happen until 1983 when the Walkaloosa Horse Association was established to separate the gaited appaloosa horses from the non-gaited appaloosas. The breed has, however, been around for hundreds of years under the name ‘Gaited Appaloosas.’
7 Stand At 13-17 Hands Tall
Most walkaloosa horses stand between 14 and 16 hands tall, while some can be as small as 13hh and as tall as 17hh.
8 Mainly Used For Western Disciplines
The Walkaloosa breed is mainly used for endurance riding and Western disciplines. Due to their short legs and stocky body type, they are excellent barrel racing prospects. They are also great trail riding partners due to their natural ambling gait, which almost feels like a running walk to an inexperienced rider.
9 The Name of The Breed Was Made Up
The Name Walkaloosa stands for An Appaloosa that can walk in a different gait = Walkaloosa.
In conclusion, the Walkaloosa Horses are naturally gaited animals with a unique spotted pattern and a sweet puppy personality. If you happen to come across one, don’t hesitate to buy it, as they are gentle, beautiful horse breeds that love to please their owners.