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Pendleton, Oregon Nez Perce Katie Harris. The Nez Perce Horse is a spotted horse breed of the Nez Perce tribe of Idaho. The Nez Perce Horse Registry (NPHR) program began in 1995 in Lapwai, Idaho and is based on cross-breeding the old-line Appaloosa horses (the Wallowa herd) with an ancient Central Asian breed called Akhal-Teke.

spotted horse breed of the Nez Perce tribe of Idaho Appaloosa horses (the Wallowa herd) bred with an ancient Central Asian breed called Akhal-Teke

Appaloosa-Teke Golden Globe A, buckskin with blanket - Alania Stud

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Appaloosa-Teke Golden Globe A, buckskin with blanket - Alania Stud. Looks like a pretty well proportioned, solid horse.

The Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) are restoring their historic Appaloosa herds through a breeding program using as a foundation the Akhal-Teke horse from Turkmenistan, possibly the oldest extant domesticated breed. The off-spring combine Appaloosa markings with the silken sheen of the Akhal-Teke coat. (Photo by Emil Her Many Horses)

The Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) are restoring their historic Appaloosa herds through a breeding program using as a foundation the Akhal-Teke horse .

warrior riding a cross between the Appaloosa and Akhal Teke breeds, called the Nez Perce horse. Picture from 1910.

A Nez Perce warrior Pacific Northwest, 1910 “The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it.

Nez Perce horse by JC i Núria, via Flickr. Nez Perce tribe was known to breed high-quality horses with spotted coloration. The Appaloosa was created out of their horses but the tribe felt that the stock-type Appaloosa isn't the original horse of Nez Perces. The new NP horse is a cross between Appaloosa (color) and Akhal-Teke (more slender conformation). They usually have the Appaloosa coloring, sometimes mixed with the metallic sheen of Akhal-Tekes.

The Nez Perce Horse is an appaloosa breed that was developed by the Nez Perce tribe of Idaho.

In 1995 a breeding program began in Idaho that used the old Appaloosa horses and crossed them the the Akhal-Teke in the hopes of re-establis...

The Nez Perce Horse is an appaloosa breed that was developed by the Nez Perce tribe of Idaho. You can see the Akhal Teke sheen in its coat that metallic look.

Nez Perce stallion (Appaloosa cross Akhal-Teke)

Rare Breed Nez Perce Stallion at Stud in Temecula, Southern California

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