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NEZ PERCE HORSE: QACANO

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.

The Akhal-Teke is an ancient breed that originated in Turkmenistan (near Afghanistan). They are known for their superb endurance and “metallic” coats.

The Nez Perce Horse is a spotted horse - a typical Nez Perce Horse has Appaloosa characteristics—mottled skin with a spotted coat or a blanket and often features the metallic shine of the Akhal Teke coat.  Most Nez Perce Horses measure 14.2 to 15 hands.

They excel at long rides and compete well in endurance races; they’re also excellent jumpers. The Nez Perce Horses are often “gaited,” with a fast and smooth running walk.

The Nez Perce program seeks to re-establish the horse culture of the Nez Perce, a tradition of selective breeding of Appaloosa horses and horsemanship that was destroyed in the 19th century.  In 1870, there were approximately 10000 horses. At the end of the Indian Wars in 1890, only 1100 remained and were disbursed throughout the country.  In 2014, the Nez Perce counted approximately 70 Nez Perce Horses, making this horse breed extremely rare throughout the world.


His damsire is “Sentor”, whose bloodline is rare and prestigious. QACANO


• Qacano combines four distinct bloodlines to include racetrack Appaloosa (“Serenity Chip”) as well as the Old Herd (real ancient Nez Perce Horse from a herd left behind by the Chief Joseph band when they fled in 1877) on the Appaloosa side.


• Registered with Nez Perce Horse Registry, NPHR 223.


• Measures 16 hands.


• Color is extremely unusual and flashy. As soon as he arrived at our facility, we had offers to buy him. (Sorry, he is not and will not be for sale!)


• Shiny bay akhal teke coat with appaloosa patterns: blanket, snowcap, snowflake, varnish roan, frost, and pintaloosa.


• Extremely well mannered; intelligence is way above average. He is very willing and picks up quick in training.

Nothing seems to rattle him, very self confident while remaining manageable.


• Body looks as though he was built to climb mountains. His progeny will excel in trails, endurance and Western disciplines as well as Ranch work.


• Strong, athletic, energetic, rhythmic mover. Coupled with the right mare, he will produce amazing sports horses for jumping or dressage.


• Introductory Offer Stud Fee 2016: $750. Live cover or shipped semen.

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