In 1980-81, the ApHC commissioned a "new" Appaloosa ideal from famous artist Orren Mixer. This new ideal Appaloosa was unveiled in 1981. The Appaloosa  it depicted had some distinct conformational differences from the Phippen  Appaloosa, and had distinct similarities to the ideal Quarter Horse, also  painted by Mixer, for the American Quarter Horse Association.  However, the conformation pictured in the new visual ideal still fell within the written standard which specified that the Appaloosa  was a stock horse type which was a pleasure to ride.

The "Phippen  Appaloosa" and  the "Mixer Appaloosa" have been some of  the most talked about "ideal Appaloosa" images, but they were not the only artist's images used by the ApHC and others to depict the Appaloosa. Visit the Appaloosa Profiles  page for more historic images of Appaloosas from the 1930s to present.