Road's End Ranch

Traditional Appaloosas

and Colorado Rangerbreds

Versatile Working, Show, Family Horses

**All of our stock is currently for sale**

 

From the ApHC Stud Book, Vol III

"What we must vigilantly guard against are those that refuse to accept the Appaloosa as a breed and what he stands for, and who continually exert pressure in the attempt to convert him into a Quarter Horse, an Arab, or even a Morgan, etc., with spots."  The late Robert Peckinpah, nine term ApHC President

A perfect example, of the continuous efforts being made to change our breed, comes from an article in the August 13, 2009 issue of Quarter Horse News online titled Appaloosas on the Spot, written by Stephanie Duquette, whereby 2004 ApHC Trainer of the Year, Terry Thompson, says "Our horses were bred originally to be Indian ponies that could endure over long distance. Who in the heck wants to go ride a horse down for six hours before he can go show? So, we’ve had to try to breed that out of them.”  So, rather than actually taking the requisite time to "train" an Appaloosa to do what is wanted of him, let's just take a short cut and dilute his blood to the extent that he's more of another breed, with less stamina. In Terry's case, a Quarter Horse.

 

UPDATE 09/10

In 2010, the ApHC issued papers to a colt, with AQHA AND APHA, breeding. According to the ApHC registration rules, specifically Rule 205B "No horse shall be registered with the ApHC that has draft, pony, Pinto or Paint breeding.

Road's End Ranch calls upon the ApHC to pull the ApHC papers of this colt. His Sire, Grandsire AND Granddam are registered as Paints with the APHA.


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Road's End Ranch is very small and family run, located in the Southeastern foothills of San Diego County, California. We produce a very limited number of foals. We strive to breed horses that have correct conformation, a willing attitude, athletic ability, actively think for themselves, and, of course, COLOR! In general, the Traditional Appaloosa is a good, all-around using animal suitable for the entire family and varied disciplines.  Visit the "What did they look like?" pages below to get a glimpse of the genetics and accomplishments of Appaloosas that contributed to the bloodlines of our herd.

It is common for the Traditional Appaloosa to continue growing and maturing into its sixth year. Therefore, we do not push our horses at a young age. They are not introduced to a rider until their third year, at which time they are exposed to basic cues during light training. More is expected, during subsequent years, at a graduated pace. We do take into account each horse's mental growth, as well. Just because one or the other has reached a certain level doesn't mean they're in sync. We try to structure training to compliment both areas of growth. All of our horses are handled every day, whether it be simple exercises in ground manners or honing more intricate skills. Our intention is to produce and provide well-mannered, using horses that enjoy what they do, are serviceable and sane well into their 20's and 30's.

Road's End Ranch was established with another lofty goal. This goal is to produce purebred Appaloosas with a significant portion of genetics being derived from ApHC Founding stock. There are a handful of Appaloosa breeders today with the same such goal. A widely accepted scientific theory to create a purebred Appaloosa is eight generations of Appaloosa x Appaloosa breeding with bloodlines going back to the Founding stock, of the once closed Stud Books, and a Standard. There is no known horse in the Appaloosa community that meets these requirements.

The most widely recognized registry of the Appaloosa is the Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC). This registry allows outcrossing to the Arabian, Quarter Horse, and Thoroughbred and has for many years. Hence, the dilution of Appaloosa blood. With this dilution comes a noticeable decline in the variety of coveted Appaloosa coat patterns, hardiness, willing dispositions, and versatility. Please keep in mind, a horse with an ApHC Foundation Pedigree Designation (FPD) or enrolled in the Generation Advancement Program (GAP) is not necessarily a by-blood Traditional Appaloosa. FPD %'s simply represent the number of ApHC registered horses within the first four generations of an ApHC registered horse, with certain exceptions. It does not represent how much of the horse's genetics are derived from the Founding Appaloosas. GAP is simply an extension of FPD, counting ApHC registered horses past the fourth generation, with certain exceptions. One must consider FPD and GAP percentages but look beyond to determine how much Appaloosa blood an Appaloosa really has.

There are breeders not interested in producing a purebred. There are breeders interested in producing purebreds, based entirely on pedigree, without regard to producing a quality, using animal (the paper horse) and there are breeders interested in producing quality, using animals with the highest amount of Appaloosa blood. Road's End Ranch falls into this last category. We believe the Appaloosa is a blood breed with a preference for color.

The Appaloosa horse is rich in history. For those interested in learning about the origination, subsequent demise and general history of this truly all-around using horse, peruse the internet for Chief Joseph, the Nez Perce tribe, Sam Fisher, Claude Thompson or George Hatley or pick up a copy of the book American Appaloosa Anthology authored by Mr. Palmer Wagner, The Complete Book of the Appaloosa authored by Ms. Jan Haddle, or Spotted Pride authored by Mr. Frank Holmes.

We are indebted to those breeders who came before us that persevered to preserve these bloodlines and we are entrusting those who come after us to perpetuate them.

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Our Mares

   
     

(After a 3 hour trail ride. Tom Bair up)

$1,000

Retired broodmare. Broke to trail ride for experienced rider, as she's green. Great leadline prospect. Looking for a pasture pet or companion animal? Freckles would be a great choice!

Sea Freckles

Pedigree

What did they look like?

(13% of her genetics come from ApHC Founding Stock)

(41 of her first 62 Ancestors are known Appaloosa)

ApHC #481489 (80% FPD)

CRHA #4054 O

Sundance 500 Intl #1510A

Can produce FAHR eligible foals

 Freckles' previous foals

Freckles is a 1989 Chestnut Leopard, standing appx 15.0h. She’s nicely put together with beautiful movement, quick turns and an extremely mellow attitude. She's a vocal but not terribly aggressive Alpha mare. We don't consider Freckles to be a Traditional Appaloosa but we love her just the same. She is broke to ride but has been used as a Broodmare for the better part of her life. Her foals are participating in Endurance, Dressage, Hunter-Jumper, Halter, Reining, Trails, Western Pleasure, Fox Hunting, and Polo Cross. Some are also being used as ranch horses, lesson horses and great family horses. A couple have earned ApHC Breed and ACAAP points in HIH, Trail, Nez Perce Stakes Race, and In-Hand classes.  To date, she has produced four black based foals - two Leopards, a blanketed Buckskin and a blanketed Bay and seven chestnut based foals – three Leopards, three solids, one blanket. Her bloodlines include Appaloosa Hall of Fame Inductees - Bambi E, Double Six Domino, Mansfield Comanche, Navajo Britches, Red Eagle and Sundance.

She's current on her worming and hoof trimming schedule and UTD on vaccinations.

 

 

 
   

(Sept, 2012)

$1,500

Greenbroke to trail ride for experienced rider.

Excellent broodmare.

DREA Daymon's Tonya

Pedigree

What did they look like?

Tonya and her Dam

(63% of her genetics come from ApHC Founding Stock)

(51 of her first 62 Ancestors are known Appaloosa)

ApHC #544428* (83% FPD eligible)

FAHR #681

Sundance 500 Intl #1511A

Tonya's previous foals

*ApHC records do not reflect accurate third and fourth generation ancestry per eyewitness information provided by Don Thompson, nephew of Claude Thompson who was the breeder of horses in question.

Tonya is a 1995 Black Roan with black and brown spots over her hindquarters and many dime-sized white spots throughout her body, standing appx 14.2 hands. Her sire was Claude Thompson’s last herd sire, Daymon. This little mare is very easy to handle, extremely athletic, quick and agile. To date, she has produced five black based foals – one leopard, one solid, one snowcap, two blankets and one chestnut blanket. Her bloodlines include Appaloosa Hall Of Fame Inductees - Bambi E, Red Eagle, Red Eagle's Peacock, and Sundance, in addition to other notable Traditional lines of Chief Malhuer, Chocolate Sunday, Rodeo Day, Storm Cloud F, Toby I and Toby II.

UC Davis color test results - E/e, a/a, N/N - She can throw black and red based foals. Her base color is black with no Agouti. She does not have a cream gene.

She's current on her worming and hoof trimming schedule and UTD on vaccinations.

UPDATE - Tom Bair got Tonya going under saddle at the ripe age of 14. She's been on many trail rides and gives it her all.

 

(May, 2006)

   

(May, 2009)

Fourmileamazinggrace

Pedigree

What did they look like?

(90% of her genetics come from ApHC Founding Stock)

(53 of her first 62 Ancestors are known Appaloosa)

ApHC #631981 (100% FPD)

FAHR  #852

More pictures

(New pictures added June, 2009)

 

 

SOLD

Congratulations to Hannes Wagner of M'a Min Horse Territory in Austria

Grace is a 2004 seal brown with a broken lacey blanket, standing appx 14.3h. She's a powerhouse of a mare with very nice conformation and an impressive pedigree. She's bred to be a worker and a winner. Grace had 60 days with a professional trainer for saddle breaking as a three year old and 10   months with Tom Bair, as a four year old. She is now a solid green broke mare. This young mare is a love bug, wants to please and thrives on attention! Her bloodlines include Appaloosa Hall Of Fame Inductees - Chief of Fourmile (double bred Maternal Great Granddaughter), Joker B, Red Eagle, Red Eagle's Peacock, and Patchy, in addition to other notable Traditional lines of Chief Joseph, Freel's Chico, Kamiak Trixie, Maize, Riley's Purple Doll, Spotted Eagle, Storm Cloud F, Toby I, Toby, II, Toby II's Patchy, and Toby K. Another pedigree item to note is the +40 tracebacks to the prepotent, pre-registry Guy Lamb Stallion, Knobby.

She's current on her worming and hoof trimming schedule and UTD on vaccinations and dental care.

UC Davis and Pet DNA Services color test results - E/E, At/At, N/N - She can only throw black based foals. Her base color is black and she is homozygous seal brown. She does not have a cream gene.

UPDATE - Hannes shared this video of Grace with us, taken at the end of September, 2010 during her fifth lesson.

12/27/11 - Hannes informed us that Grace is expecting her first foal in February, 2012. We're very excited to see what she produces by his young black stallion, SF Fourmiles Echo!

 

 

(Jun, 2010)

   

 

 

Youngsters

SOLD

Congratulations to Michael Snow and Barbara Betts of Spirit Horse Farms in Texas

Jewel comes with a very nice pedigree, boasting the Leopard Stallions Pratt Toby Secret and Pratt Sully Fire as Grandsires. In addition, her bloodlines include Appaloosa Hall Of Fame Inductees - Apache, Double Six Domino, Joker B, Mansfield Comanche, Navajo Britches, Patchy, Prince Plaudit, Red Eagle and Sundance. Other notable Traditional lines include Bambi E, Chief Chelsea, High Thunderbird, and The Tobys.

It was difficult to let this beautiful girl go. But, we feel she's going to a great home that will bring her along to reach her full potential.

UC Davis color test results - E/e, a/a, N/N - She can throw black and red based foals. Her base color is black with no Agouti. She does not have a cream gene.

 

(May 20, 2006)

RHA Tobena May

Pedigree

(54% of her genetics come from ApHC Founding Stock)

(59 of her first 62 Ancestors are known Appaloosa)

ApHC #638169 (97% FPD)

FAHR #720

CRHA #6676

Sundance 500 Intl #1512D

 

(May 20, 2006)

(June 10, 2007)

$4,500

(All offers considered)

Should make a very nice Hunter or Competative Trail prospect. She's green and ready to start working your way!

 

 

This stunning smoky black snowcap mare was foaled May 16, 2006.

At six years old, Tina is measuring a solid 15h. Imprinted at birth, she's so much fun to work with. She LOVES people. Doesn't matter if she knows them or not. You walk up to her pen or go in it, she's right there looking for scratches and attention. She's very smart, inquisitive and lovey. She's had 180 days professional training for In-hand classes (and lightly shown) and 90 days under saddle. She is a bit of a scaredy cat and can startle easily. However, a quiet, experienced handler/rider will find she's got a heart of gold and really wants to please.

She's current on her worming and hoof trimming schedule and UTD on vaccinations.

Some of the 140+ ApHC Traditional lines in Tina's pedigree include Chief Chelsea, Chief Malhuer, Chocolate Sunday, Freels Chico, High Thunderbird, Oklahoma, Rileys Purple Doll, Rodeo Day, Storm Cloud F and The Tobys. Her bloodlines also include ApHC Hall of Fame inductees - Bambi E, Chief of Fourmile, Joker B, Mansfield Comanche, Patchy, Prince Plaudit, Red Eagle, Red Eagles Peacock, and Sundance.

Click here for show results as a youngster.

 

RER Pcocks Sun Patch

 

Pedigree

 

What did they look like?

 

(67% of her genetics come from ApHC Founding Stock)

(107 of her first 124 Ancestors are known Appaloosa)

ApHC #643663 (97% FPD)

FAHR #753

CRHA #6743 N

Sundance 500 Intl #1516B

More pictures of Tina

(New pictures added Jan, 2011)

UC Davis color test results - E/E, a/a, N/Cr - She can only throw black based foals. Her base color is black with no Agouti. She has one cream gene.

Should be 100% color/characteristics producer.

(May 6, 2012)

(May 6, 2012)

SOLD

Congratulations to Brielle R. in California

This little cutie decided to present herself just before sun up on March 25, 2009. She was up in about 10 minutes and nursing within 20, all on her own. With a Buckskin blanketed Sire, RSA Justa Cowboy, and a Chestnut Leopard Dam, Sea Freckles (above), "Anni" came out a very light Buckskin with a spotted blanket! A healthy, fully characteristic filly is what we wanted and that's exactly what we got! She should reach a mature height of appx 15.0h. A bit aloof but very friendly and not a mean bone in her body. She can be nervous with new situations but settles down fairly quickly. She does exhibit a strong flight instinct. Needs a quiet, confident, experienced handler to bond and work with. Looks to her person for confidence. Very much in-your-pocket type disposition!

Her bloodlines include Appaloosa Hall of Fame Inductees - Apache, Bambi E, Chief of Fourmile, Double Six Domino, Joker B, Mansfield Comanche, Navajo Britches, Patchy, Patchy Jr., Prince Plaudit, Red Eagle and Sundance, in addition to other notable Traditional lines of Chief Chelsea, Fourmile Princess, Freels Chico, High Thunderbird, Polkadott Toby, Storm Cloud F, Rileys Purple Doll, The Tobys, and Titania .

This filly is very well built and should make a nice working horse! While she hasn't been color tested, she's most likely E/e, A/a, Cr/N, based on her phenotype and parent's phenotype and their respective production records. Anni has LOTS of spots. They're just very difficult to photograph in the bright sun! She's current on her worming and hoof trimming schedule and UTD on vaccinations.

UPDATE - December, 2011 - Currently a solid 14.3h and 950 lbs by tape.

 

RER Justa Fantasea

Pedigree

 

What did they look like?

(36% of her genetics come from ApHC Founding Stock)

 

ApHC #661022 (97% FPD)

FAHR - #891

CRHA #7056 P

Sundance 500 Intl #1592F

More pictures of Anni

(New pictures added May, 2012)

 

Fuzzy video of birth

(May 6, 2012

(July 10, 2011)

SOLD

Congratulations to Gloria McRae of Dream Catcher Appaloosas in Oregon

This bright red Chestnut beauty decided that arriving before expected, in less than optimum weather conditions, would be just right. So, she did, in the early morning hours of May 5, 2009!  ApHC founding horses begin in the third generation and she doesn't have a known outcross until the sixth, which is a single Arabian. Her bloodlines include Appaloosa Hall Of Fame Inductees - Chief Of Fourmile, Joker B, Patchy, Prince Plaudit, and Red Eagle, in addition to other notable Traditional lines of Chocolate Sunday, Freels Chico, Genesee Chief, Maize, Money Creeks Rockledge, Morgans Leopard, Peppers Shamrock, Siri Sheik, Storm Cloud F, Storm Clouds Speck, Titania, Toby I, Toby II, Zebra Dun and many more. A pedigree item of note is the 22% blood that comes from the versatile ApHC stallion Toby I. He appears in her third generation top side and 4th generation bottom side, as well as a few more times further back.

Glory is extremely friendly and bold, pretty much "in your face". Not much gets her dander up. She's current on her worming and hoof trimming schedule and UTD on vaccinations.

Glory should reach a mature height of appx 14.3h. As of January, 2011, Glory measures 13.3h and 750lbs. All measurements by tape.

 

Great Performance Prospect

Should be excellent Trail mount, Competative Trail?

DCA Blue Moon Glory

Pedigree

 

What did they look like?

(79% of her genetics come from ApHC Founding Stock)

ApHC  #662046 (97% FPD)

FAHR - #896

CRHA - #7062 N

More pictures of Glory

(New pictures added Jul, 2011)

(July 10, 2011)

 

Our Horses On Video

     
Anni and Glory meet 10/31/09  Tina, Anni and Glory At Liberty 11/15/09 Grace and Anni meet 11/23/09
  Grace free lunging 11/23/09  

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Other Links Of Interest

Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) Foundation Appaloosa Horse Registry (FAHR) Colorado Ranger Horse Association (CRHA)
International Colored Appaloosa Association (ICAA) Sundance 500 International Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada (ApHCC)
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We Use And Recommend The Following Professional Services -

Veterinarian:

 

Dr. Greg Smith

East County Large Animal Practice

(619) 561-4661

El Cajon, CA

 

 

Farrier:

 

Craig Herdrich

(858) 945-7208

San Diego, CA

 

 

Trainers:

 

Tom Bair

TnT Ranch

bairtom1956@yahoo.com

Napa, CA

 

Darcy Edwards

Darcy Edwards Training Center

(858) 335-7105

Lakeside, CA

 

Road's End Ranch

Jodie LaRosh

Jamul, California 91935

Have questions about today's Traditional Appaloosas? Need help identifying your Appaloosa? Have an unregistered Appaloosa you want to get registered? Looking for a Traditional Appaloosa in your area?

Feel free to send an email. We're always happy to help when we can!

email - jodie@rerappaloosas.com

(Last update Sept, 2012)