Noted for its intelligence and kind temperament, the Irish Draught Horse is an attractive looking well balanced horse with straight athletic action. One of the most famous show jumpers is King of Diamonds, an Irish Draught horse who sired Special Envoy
The Anglo Arab Horse Breed is a more substantial horse than the pure bred Arabian and is a mix of Arabian and Thoroughbred that produces a true sport horse. French Anglo Arabs have been very successful with the French three day event team
One of the most popular pony breeds the Welsh Section Pony can be found competing in every ridden discipline including; Hunter Classes, Driving, Dressage, Combined Training, Combined Driving, English & Western Pleasure and also heavy harness
Looking to buy a horse and need information on the various breeds of horse. Then surf through our horse breed pages for information on the multitude of horse and pony breeds from around the world. Including relevant information on horse breed characteristics and the breed suitability for ridden disciplines
Bred for more than 3000 years in Turkmenistan, the Akhal Teke Horse Breed was bred to withstand extreme desert conditions. It is a tough hardy horse breed ideal for endurance riding
French equine breeders have created the extraordinary horse breed called the Selle Francais. They have selectively crossed their sturdy native horses with Thoroughbred stallions and introduced French Anglo-Arab and French Trotter bloodlines to add brilliance, agility and energy to the Selle Francais breed
The Thoroughbred horse breed is one of the fastest horses in the world. They make the perfect racehorse. The Thoroughbred was developed in England in the 17th century by crossing the fastest English native breeds with imported Arabian stallions
The Selle Francais Horse Breed is one of the worlds most successful competition horses. It shines above all others at show jumping and thanks to the Thoroughbred blood in there veins Selle Francais horses have the speed and the stamina to succeed in three day eventing
The Arab horse is one of the oldest and most beautiful horse breeds, its original breed make-up is unknown but it appears to have lived on the Arabian Peninsula since 3000 years BC
The quarter horse breed made its name during the great days of cattle herding in the American west, when settlers required a totally dependable mount. Today the quarter horse is immensely popular in western riding competitions such as barrel racing, rodeos and roping
The Falabella horse is the original miniature horse breed and is not to be mistaken for the Argentinian Bergman breed, which some unscrupulous horse dealers will pass off as Falabella horse’s. Here we look at the breed characteristics and its long 150 year history
Steel Dust, Peter McCue, Shiloh and Sir Archy are all names any Quarter Horse breeder or owner will be aware of. But, how do they all fit together to confirm the origins of the Quarter Horse breed? Or should as some say, the quarter horse be designated a type of horse rather than a breed …
Thoroughbred horse breeding originated in England and the term Thoroughbred describes a breed of horse whose direct ancestry traces back to three foundation sires; the Darley Arabian, the Godolphin Arabian and the Byerly Turk
Good for dressage or cross country riding the Danish Warmblood breed produces handsome horses that have presence and courage. You can spot the breed by the brand which is usually on the quarters and looks like a crown above a wavy line.
The Morgan Horse breed is usually kept as a show horse and competes in a variety of disciplines such as cutting horse, stock horse and reining horse classes. The breed also does well in hunter-jumper, dressage, roadster and carriage driving
They’ve been around since the 16th century and unlike many heavy horses the Suffolk Punch has relatively clean legs, which make them well suited to farm work and easier to care for. They are also used to pull drays and have a uniform Chestnut coat
The American Standardbred horse breed is to harness racing what the English Thoroughbred is to flat racing and steeplechasing. The breed is among the fastest trotters in the world but isn’t the top quality horse breed the Thoroughbred horse is
When the Moors invaded Spain in the 7th Century AD, they brought Barb horses with them. They cross bred the Barb horse with native Spanish breeds and the Andalusian horse was born. Today the Andalusian is one of the best known and most recognisable horses in the world
The canter of the Tennessee Walking horse has a distinctive rocking chair motion. The breed was developed to be very comfortable when ridden and to have gaits that few if any, other horse breeds have
The American Paint Horse Association was formed in 1965 and today the American Paint Horse breed is extremely popular in traditional stock-horse riding events as well as a variety of other Western riding disciplines.
A horse named Justin Morgan was a living legend who began as an unremarkable colt and became the father of an entire breed of horses, the Morgan Horse Breed , who are recognized for their quality and dependability
The Cleveland Bay was once called the Yorkshire Coach Horse. Crossed with the Thoroughbred, this equine breed produces fine upstanding heavyweight hunters, excellent carriage horses and some first rate show jumpers
At one time the cob horse type was used as an all-purpose horse, performing equally well in harness and under saddle. Today it is most often used as a riding horse, but the best Cob’s make excellent hunters
Horse Breed associations, registers or clubs are dedicated to activities surrounding a specific type or breed of horse. They are an excellent source of information regarding that specific breed and, in many cases will be able to verify breeding for an individual horse, its sire or dam.
Definitive horse breed classifications define the characteristics that are fixed in the genetic makeup of a particular equine breed. Characteristics that will be passed from sire or dam to colt or filly. For instance, the English Style Horse Breed Classification is usually more angular than stock horses and has a more extreme style and action
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The Appaloosa was originally bred by the Nez Perc Indians and Arabian bloodlines were introduced in the late 19th century. Today the Nez Perce, have begun to breed a purer Native American horse, to bring out the best Appaloosa traits, so often desired by their ancestors
Survival of the stunning Andalusian horse breed through the centuries has included some pretty turbulent times. It was aided by the monastic orders particularly the Carthusians who became highly skilled in the breeding of horses