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crop out -- 1. to appear unexpectedly. 2. to appear at the surface. (from Webster's New World Dictionary)
The term "crop out" has been used when discussing
the appearance of certain horses identified as Appaloosas. Some notable ones include
hall of famers Bright Eyes Brother, Colida, J & B's Spotted Fawn, Joker B.,
Peavy Bimbo, Wapiti, and Wild Hope. A look at the pedigrees of those horses might help
remove "crop out" from their definition.
An interesting contrast to the use of the term "crop out" is noted when horses registered with "regular" ApHC papers are bred and produce foals with no characteristics and do not develop visible characteristics later in life.
A sample pedigree for an ApHC stallion might look like this:
TB / ApHC / \ / ApHC ApHC / \ AQHA / \ / / AQHA / \ / AQHA ApHC \ AQHA \ / \ AQHA \ / \ \ / AQHA AQHA \ AQHA \ / AQHA \ AQHA
For the purpose of this example, say that the above pedigree example is for a stallion that displays Appaloosa coat pattern, mottled skin, white sclera, and striped hooves. If that stallion is then bred to Thoroughbred and Quarter horse or non-characteristic mares, producing a lot of non-characteristic foals, are they referred to as "crop outs?"
I suppose the reason I have not heard folks refer to ApHC registered non-characteristic horses as "crop outs" is because those horses do not meet Webster's first definition of that term -- "to appear unexpectedly." As we continue to randomly breed (out cross) our Appaloosas to Quarter horses, Thoroughbreds, and Arabians, where would use of the term "crop out" be appropriate?
The way I see it, "crop out" does not seem to be proper for those hall of fame horses listed above, unless we call non-characteristic horses produced by horses with Appaloosa characteristics "crop outs."
I offer this point of view, not proposing to be any sort of expert in this field, but simply sharing my observations and thoughts.
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