Goin' Rogue Ranch was founded in 2010. Nestled in the foothills of the Rogue Valley, this little place is truly a blessing from God. Mark and Paula Whiting are the beneficiaries of this blessing. Moving to the Rogue Valley from Eastern Washington (Spokane specifically). Mark has always been fascinated with the Appaloosa's of the Nez Perce.
Breeding for speed and endurance, the Indians would play games and have competitions on their horses regularly. These Nez Perce and Palouse horses were sometimes solid but often spotted or had blankets on the rumps. It seems that you just never knew what an Appaloosa foal was going to look like.
Today, with the developments in genetic research, we have a little better idea of what you might get from a particular pairing of Appaloosa horses. But we don't have enough knowledge yet to predict what a foal will look like. So it's still an exciting surprise to see what markings a foal has.
Because the spots are a dominant trait, the Appaloosa’s have been cross bred to just about every other breed you can think of. The trend has been to cross them with quarter horses. Thus a spotted quarter horse is born. The American Quarter horse is a fine breed, but we reject this practice and strive to breed horses with pedigrees going back to old line pure Nez Perce animals (as much as is possible). Goin' Rogue Ranch is dedicated to foundation blood going back to the Ghost Wind Stallions of the mid 1800's, Sam Fisher's pure bred herd, King of the Mountain and other ancestral Appaloosa horses that (by the way) kicked the butt of the quarter horses out in open country.
Only time will tell how well we do, but God willing, you will be hearing about the purebred Appaloosa Horses of Goin' Rogue Ranch.