As I was cruising through Facebook a few years ago, I spotted a photo of a blanketed Appaloosa marked Quarter Horse stallion in the, “suggested column”. What did I just see? I had to chase that link! There he was; Reminic in Spots, a registered, blanketed bay A.Q.H.A stallion. A true blanketed Appaloosa pattern AQHA horse.
How can this be? I'd personally noticed a few AQHA horses with Appaloosa type roaning or "chestnut on chestnut" spots in the past, but nothing quite as strikingly beautiful as Reminic. The Rodeo Queen for WSU in 1976 rode a nice chestnut AQHA mare, with solid chestnut spots in a lightly roan sorrel coat. Reminic is much more loudly and clearly marked. Check him out for yourself: http://www.quarterhorsespot.com/.
While attending W.S.U. in 1976, then President of the ApHC, George Hatley, graciously came to speak to our horse group. Mr. Hatley taught how early breeders would end up registering the foals born without color (pattern) into the AQHA stud book, while the obviously colored foals became registered in the foundation ApHA stud book.
Sometimes, foals born a solid color, may develop Appaloosa color patterns as yearlings, or even several years later. Full siblings aren't always the same color, and some may inherit the LP gene while others don't. The horses born with a slowly developing Appaloosa coat color gene, (the LP gene,) still have descendants in today’s registered AQHA or ApHC stock.
The early foundation breeders weren't working with many horses to begin with, and the early foundation horses now may have common descendants in both breeds, bringing with them the genetic library from spot-carrying, Nez Perce, Spanish, and Norman stock.
Recent DNA studies have provided us with a turning point in understanding the heritage of these uniquely American horses. It contributes to our understanding and respect of the early Quarter horse and Appaloosa studbooks.
American horse breeds originating from Spanish mustangs, and later, the imported horses of the American colonists, provided the seed stock for some of the finest horses the world has ever known.
Now, this brilliant genetic echo helps us acknowledge their shared history.