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The American Appaloosa: State Horse of Idaho

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The American Appaloosa: State Horse of Idaho
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 9
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.05

     challenging words:    eligantly, few-spot, horse-breeding, leopard-spotted, best, roan, registry, solid-colored, varnish, inferior, relationship, official, evidence, base, early, literature
     content words:    Two Nez Perce, Nez Perce, Pacific Northwest, Palouse River, Meriwether Lewis, Clark Expedition, Nez Perce War, United States, Appaloosa Horse Club, Appaloosa Museum

The American Appaloosa: State Horse of Idaho
By Joyce Furstenau

1     Caption: Two Nez Perce men with an appaloosa, about 1895.
2     The American appaloosa horse breed was developed by the Nez Perce people of the Pacific Northwest. Early white settlers referred to the horse as the "Palouse horse." It was named after the Palouse area around the Palouse River that ran through the middle of Nez Perce country. The name gradually evolved into "appaloosa."
3     The Nez Perce people once lived in what is now eastern Washington and Oregon. They got horses from the Shoshone people in the early 1700's. The Palouse was excellent horse-breeding country and they were fairly safe from the raids of other tribes. The Nez Perce developed strict breeding selection practices for their animals. They did not allow an inferior male to breed. They traded away any of their poorer stock. By the 1800's, they were noted for their excellent horses.

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