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The animal featured on the cover of Apache: The Definitive Guide is an Appaloosa horse. Developed by the Nez Perce Indians of northeastern Oregon, the name Appaloosa derives from the nearby Palouse River. Although spotted horses are believed to be almost as old as the equine race itself--Cro-Magnon cave paintings depict spotted horses--the Appaloosa is the only established breed of spotted horse. The Appaloosa was bred to be a hunting and war horse, and as such they have great stamina, are highly athletic and agile, and have docile temperaments. When the Nez Perce, led by Chief Joseph, surrendered to the U.S. Army in 1876 and were exiled to Oklahoma, the Appaloosa breed was almost eradicated. In 1938 the Appaloosa Horse Club was formed in Moscow, Idaho, and the breed was revived. The Horse Club now registers approximately 65,000 horses, making it the third largest registry in the world. No longer a war horse, Appaloosas can be found in many equestrian venues, from trail riding to western competition to pleasure riding.

Madeleine Newell was the production editor for this edition, and Cindy Kogut of Editorial Ink did the copyedit. Seth Maislin wrote the index. Quality assurance was provided by Ellie Cutler, Clairemarie Fisher O'Leary, and Sheryl Avruch. Betty Hugh and Sebastian Banker provided production assistance.

Edie Freedman designed the cover of this book, using a 19th-century engraving from the Dover Pictorial Archive. The cover layout was produced by Kathleen Wilson with QuarkXPress 3.3 using the ITC Garamond and Helvetica condensed fonts.

The inside layout was designed by Nancy Priest and Edie Freedman and implemented in FrameMaker by Mike Sierra. The text and heading fonts are ITC Garamond Light and Garamond Book. The illustration that appears in the book was created in Macromedia Freehand 7.0 by Chris Reilley. This colophon was written by Clairemarie Fisher O'Leary.

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