Meet Chacos

Chacos is a varnish blue roan Appaloosa cross and the inspiration for this site! With a larger-than-life personality, Chacos keeps life at the barn very interesting. You can stay up to date with our adventures by subscribing to this site, or by following Blue Roan Appaloosa on Facebook or Instagram @Blue_Roan_Appaloosa.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is he named Chacos?

A: That’s the name he’s had since birth, as far as I am aware of! He clearly knew his name when I got him, so there was no point in changing it. Plus, it’s unique … you’re unlikely to meet another Chacos around the barn! I was told it might mean Chocolate in a language like Portuguese, but I don’t know if that’s true.

Q: How old is Chacos?

A: Chacos’ birthday is December 1, 2004.

Q: What kind of horse is Chacos?

A: Chacos is an Appaloosa cross. His parents are unknown, but he is supposed to also be a Hanoverian cross.

Q: But how do you really know he’s an Appaloosa? He doesn’t have any spots!

A: Appaloosas have some very unique markings besides the typical spots. Chacos meets the criteria for a hardship registration with the Appaloosa Horse Club based on his coat color, mottled skin, striped hooves and white sclera.

Q: Is Chacos really blue roan?

A: Yes! He looks grey (and sometimes even dapple grey) to the untrained eye, but he is indeed a blue roan. To go a step further, he is also a varnish roan, which means that he will change colors over time. He was much darker when he was young! Varnish roans also tend to maintain a solid coat color over the bony areas, which is also true for Chacos. [If you are much more familiar with horse genetics than I am and would like to explain to readers the difference between varnish roan and roan and talk about the leopard complex, I accept guest posts.]

Q: Where did you get Chacos?

A: This question always makes me laugh a little, and yet it really is one of the most frequently asked! Well, I didn’t get him from some kind of a horse store! Nor did I get him from an adoption agency, auction or kill pen. I also didn’t get him from a breeder from whom you too can buy your very own blue roan appaloosa. I bought him from his second-ever owner after she needed to downsize her herd. You can read more about how I met Chacos on the blog.

Q: Is Chacos your first horse?

A: Nope, he is my second. When I was 13 I saved up all my money and got a 14-year-old thoroughbred, race name Turf Buster. “Moe” was my horse for about 5 years and we had a very complicated relationship. You can read more about Moe and the things I learned from him on the blog.

Q: What do you want to do with Chacos?

A: A little bit of everything! I am not competitive. I wanted a horse versatile enough to be game for pretty much any adventure, whether it be trail riding, dressage, jumping, hunter paces, ground driving, tricks, you name it.

Q: Who are you?

A: I’m not a horse expert, if that’s what you mean. My name is Cathy and I have the privilege of owning (if that’s the right word) Chacos. I am a freelance content writer, and you can find out more about my professional career at