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List of Horse Breeds: A to Z Guide

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List of Horse Breeds: A to Z Guide

Horses and people have been bound together for many, many years—perhaps even thousands of years.

There was a time when we viewed a horse as just another food source. But once people learned to ride, this opened up a whole new world; the horse was a fast means of transport, and over hundreds of years, this led to a new relationship between people and horses. Today, horses are used mainly for sporting and recreational purposes.

There are over 150 different horse breeds, and each of these results from some influence by people.

Horse, Flock, Mold, Brown.

Horse, Flock, Mold, Brown.

What Is a Horse Breed?

All horses are members of the Equidae family. The horse is then further categorized into different breeds.

The term—breed—describes a group of horses that share distinctive inherited characteristics. Therefore each species has common ancestors and similar genetic makeup.

Also, there are natural breeds and artificial breeds of horses. NATURAL BREEDS have developed characteristics that help them survive in their particular habitats, and they have passed these down to the next generation. ARTIFICIAL BREEDS have features that have been selected for by man, and through cross-breeding, have created horses bred for specific purposes.

Horse Confirmation

Horse Confirmation

Akhal-Teke Horse

Bred by the "Teke" and Turkoman tribes in southern Turkmenia, it is a specialized breed of saddle horse that can exist under heat and privation conditions.

Renowned for their gorgeous Persian heads and a noble eye. They have long elegant legs, leading to their being named the greyhound among horses.

The most popular colors are a pale honey-gold, with black points.

American Quarter Horse

The American Quarter Horse was developed as a breed to race on Virginia's racetracks. These tracks were roughly a quarter of a mile long and lent these horses that name. Specifically built for fast sprinting, its unique points are its closeness to the ground, its tremendous power, and its sturdy frame.

They also have a calm temperament.

1. Akhal-Teke Horse 2. American Quarter Horse  3. American Shetland Horse 4. Andalusian Horse

1. Akhal-Teke Horse 2. American Quarter Horse 3. American Shetland Horse 4. Andalusian Horse

Tribute to the American Quarter Horse - video

American Shetland

The American Shetland often competes in a whole range of competitive fields such as jumping, dressage, and gymkhana.

Height: up to 11.2 hands high. Due to their small size, it is considered an ideal ride for kids, often used as children's pets.

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Color: Any solid color.

Confirmation: An intelligent and refined head. Long and narrow through the back. Broad, muscular hindquarters.

Andalusian Horse

The Andalusian horse comes from the sun-baked region of Southern Spain. It has a compact and muscular frame—a breed acknowledged as a distinctive breed since the 15th Century.

The Andalusian is considered a courageous horse.

Height: 15 - 15.2 hands high.

Color: This horse is generally grey.

Confirmation: A large and handsome head with large, kind eyes. A strongly formed body with a broad chest and well-sprung ribs. Long mane and tail.

1.  Andalusian Horse 2.  Appaloosa Horse 3.  Gray Arabian Horse

1. Andalusian Horse 2. Appaloosa Horse 3. Gray Arabian Horse


The Appaloosa is a spotted horse much loved by the circus due to its striking appearance and docile temperament. So named from a breed of horse developed by the Nez Perce Indians in the Palouse country of Central Idaho and Eastern Washington.

Height: 14.2 to 15.2 hands high.

Color: The body is pink-skinned and covered by a silky white coat with many black spots.

Characteristics: A graceful carriage and a refined head; its tail is carried high.

Arab Horse

The Arab Horse is probably the oldest of all the horse breeds and is also one of the most good looking. The Arab horse has many excellent qualities that most other horse breeds aspire to, chiefly; soundness of wind and extreme endurance, Yet the Arab horse is a small horse standing some 14.2 to 15 hands.

Ardennes Horse

The Ardennes horse is a Belgian or French horse breed. It is an old horse breed and a very hardy horse. In temperament, they are renowned for being calm and docile.

This horse has real endurance and vigor and is considered a draught horse. Historically, utilized as a cavalry horse.

Ariegeois Horse

The Ariegeois lives in the Pyrenean mountains in the southwest of France. It is very well suited to the harsh snowy conditions in which it lives.

Height: 13.1 to 14.3 hands high.

Color: Solid black. It is permissible for the horse's flank to be flecked with white.

Confirmation: An expressive head with a flat forehead. Short ears and a short neck. A long straight back and deep chest.

1. Ardennes Horse 2. Ariegeois Horse 3. Assateague Pony 4. Bali Pony

1. Ardennes Horse 2. Ariegeois Horse 3. Assateague Pony 4. Bali Pony

Assateague Pony

Assateague Pony

The Assateague and the Ariegeois are essentially the same horse, the two varieties named after the corresponding and neighboring American islands on which they lived. These ponies may have arrived on these islands due to a shipwreck.

Height: 12 hands high

Color: Can be any color.

Terminology Used to Identify a Horse by Age and Gender

Foal: all young horses up to 6 months of age.

Yearling: a horse from 6 months to 12 months of age.

Colt: male horses from 12 months to 48 months of age. Male horses older than this are called stallions. Should the male horse be castrated, it will be called a gelding.

Filly: the name attributed to female horses between the ages of 12 months to 48 months.

Mare: this refers to female horses above the age of 48 months.

Bali Pony

A pony of old stock. The Bali Pony lived on the island of Bali. Not being bred for specific purpose. Instead, they carry out all the tasks that the local people require, such as carrying stones and coral from the beaches. They are self-sufficient and are often left to fend for themselves.

Height: 12 to 13 hands high

Barb Horse

The Barb comes from Morrocco, Tunisia, and Algeria.

Height: 14.2 to 15.2 hands high.

Color: Predominantly grey, brown, bay, and black.

Confirmation: A narrow head and arched neck. The Barb has well-defined withers and a short body. Slender but strong limbs.

Bardigiano Pony

A Pony known for being sure-footed and possessing a quiet temperament, an attractive and durable breed, can make good children's ponies and are considered a good trekking pony.

1. Barb Horse 2. Bardigiano Pony 3. Bashkir Pony 4. Basuto Pony

1. Barb Horse 2. Bardigiano Pony 3. Bashkir Pony 4. Basuto Pony

Bashkir Horse

The Bashkir horse is an ancient breed of horse. Its origins are in the inhospitable areas of the Ural mountains in Russia.

This breed is very much adapted to live in harsh conditions. They are well known for being hardy with a docile temperament. Standing 13 to 14 hands high, they can be bay, chestnut, or palomino in color.

Basuto Pony

The Basuto Pony originated from around the 1830s in South Africa, where it took part in the Boer War. It is a pony with a great deal of endurance and capable of carrying great weights over long distances.

Height: Up to 14.2 hands high.

Color: Bay, brown, chestnut, or gray.

Confirmation: Small, thickset with short legs and a long back.

Bosnian Pony

The Bosnian Pony originates from Yugoslavia and is an ancient breed of Pony. Thought to have been bred from Tarpan and Asian Wild horses. This Pony has a primitive appearance and a heavy head.

It can be any solid color and is between 13 and 14.2 hands high. It is slightly smaller than the average size of all ponies—a good riding pony.

Boulonnais Horse

The Boulonnais horse is an elegant heavy horse said to have been introduced into France by Julia Caeser ahead of Britain's invasion.

Height: 15.3 to 16.3 hands high.

Color: All shades of grey and sometimes chestnut.

Confirmation: A short, broad but elegant head. Large bright ears. Muscular shoulders, broad chest, and strong limbs.

Brabancon Draft Horse

Having originated in the low-lying flatlands of Belgium, it is a large, heavy draft horse with excellent traction. Renowned for being of outstanding temperament.

Height: 16 to 17 hands high

1. Bosnian Pony 2. Boulonnais Horse 3. Brumby Horse 4. Burmese Pony

1. Bosnian Pony 2. Boulonnais Horse 3. Brumby Horse 4. Burmese Pony

Brumby Horse

The Brumby is an Australian horse descended from settler's horses that wandered off into the bush. Today they live in feral herds in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Some Brumbies have broken in. Today, the Brumby is considered by many to be a pest as they compete for food with domestic animals.

Burmese Pony

The Burmese Pony (also referred to as the Shah pony) is a mountain pony, and they make excellent pack or trekking ponies.

They generally have a willing temperament and a quiet disposition. A Pony once used by British Colonials as polo ponies.

What Is a Horse Type?

There are horse or pony types that are not breeds but have specific characteristics. A type refers to a horse suitable for a particular job that can come from any horse breed. For example, a Hunter can be any breed of horse that hunts.

Horse types:

The Cob characteristics are that they have a sturdy build, and they are a great weight carrier, built for stamina rather than speed. There are two breeds of Cob, the Welsh Cob and the Norman Cob. The Welsh Cob was known as far back as the 16th Century. Today the Cob is often seen competing in many equestrian events such as showing, jumping, and driving. The Norman Cob is a descendant of small horses called Bidets that lived in Brittany during the Roman Empire's height.

The Hack is considered the most majestic of horses with an excellent character.

The Hunter should be strong and sturdy with powerful hindquarters. They should have a long neck to allow a reasonable length of rein.

The Polo Pony needs a mixture of speed, courage, stamina, agility, and balance.

The Riding Pony is just a small horse. They should be graceful and have perfect manners.

The Pony should be under 14.2 hands high. Anything above this height, and it is a horse. Ponies are very adaptive animals that have worked with people throughout our history.

Horse Poll

Camargue Horse

This tough little horse is a native of Southern France.

Height: 13.1 - 14.1 hands high.

Color: Grey.

Confirmation: A large, square head with short, wide-set ears. A reasonably short back and deep chest.

1. Camargue Horse 2. Caspian Horse

1. Camargue Horse 2. Caspian Horse

Caspian Horse

The Caspian is an old horse breed. Renowned for its excellent temperament.

Height: 10 to 12 hands high.

Color: Mostly bay or brown.

Confirmation: An attractive head with an Arab look. Small ears and a muscular neck. Tough hooves, often not requiring shoes.

Cleveland Bay Horse

The Cleveland Bay horse has claims of being the oldest established breed of English horses. This horse breeds qualities are stamina, substance, stylish appearance, and resilience. In the middle ages, it was a pack-horse. More recently used as a carriage horse.

1. Cleveland Bay Horse 2. Clydesdale Horse

1. Cleveland Bay Horse 2. Clydesdale Horse

Clydesdale Horse

The Clydesdale Horse originates from the mid 18th Century and is a draught horse from Scotland. Standing 16 to 18 hands high, it can bay, brown, or black.

Confirmation: a broad head, wide muzzle, large nostrils, and a bright, intelligent eye. A well-arched and long neck, high withers, and with thighs packed with muscle.

Connemara Pony

The Connemara Pony is native to Ireland.

Standing 13 to 14 hh, the Connemara is athletic, often being used as a show pony.

Colors: Grey, black, bay, brown, and dun.

Colorado Ranger Horse

This horse breed dates back to 1878. On a visit to Turkey, they presented General U.S. Grant with two first-class stallions that culminated in the Colorado Ranger breed in 1918.

The Colorado Ranger has an excellent temperament and makes an excellent riding-horse.

1. Colorado Ranger Horse 2. Connemara Pony 3. Criollo Horse 4. Dales Horse

1. Colorado Ranger Horse 2. Connemara Pony 3. Criollo Horse 4. Dales Horse

Criollo Horse

The Criollo is a native pony from South America.

Height: 13.3 to 14.3 hands high.

Color: Dun, striped, or skewbald.

Confirmation: A broad forehead with a narrow face. Muscular withers.

Dales Horse

The Dales horse breed originates from England. This breed probably descends from the old Friesian horse of Europe. The Dales horse is famous for its incredible strength and endurance.

Height: Up to 14.2 hands high.

Mostly black, dark brown, or bay in color.

Confirmation: A neat head set on a shortish thick neck. A strong muscular body.

Danish Warmblood Horse

The Danish Warmblood horse. This breed tends to excel at dressage. A horse breed specifically developed for use in competitive sports such as show jumping.

Height: 15.3 to 16.3 hands high.

Color: All colors.

Confirmation: A quality head, prominent withers, muscular back, and strong limbs.

Don Horse

This horse breed takes its name from the Russian Steppes across which the river Don flows.
Having been bred as cavalry horses, they are very hardy and tough. They endure harsh weather conditions that many other horse breeds would struggle to cope with.
Brown or chestnut in color. They are long-legged and stand between 15.2 and 16.2 hands high.

1. Danish Warmblood Horse  2. Don Horse 3. Dulmen Pony 4. Dutch Draft Horse

1. Danish Warmblood Horse 2. Don Horse 3. Dulmen Pony 4. Dutch Draft Horse

Dulmen Pony

The Dulmen is an ancient breed of Pony and comes from Dulmen in Germany. These ponies have lived around the town of Dulmen since the 1300s. At one time, they lived in large herds, although these days, there is said only to be a single wild herd remaining.

Dutch Draught Horse

The Dutch Draft Horse is one of the most massively built and muscled breed of horses in Europe.

The horse is known for being willing, with a quiet and intelligent temperament.

It has a very short neck and heavily loaded shoulders.

Dutch Draught Horse Learning its Trade - video

East Bulgarian Horse

The East Bulgarian horse is a horse of refinement and quality. A horse bred for jumping, dressage, and even as a light draught animal.

They have a quiet, though energetic nature and large kind eyes. In color, they are usually chestnut, although they occur in black.

1. East Bulgarian Horse 2. Exmoor Horse

1. East Bulgarian Horse 2. Exmoor Horse

Exmoor Horse

The Exmoor horse is found mainly in Exmoor, in the southwest of Devon, England. They adapted to have a highly waterproof winter coat, which is double-layered with a short, woolly undercoat and a longer, greasier top layer.

Height: 12 to 12.8 hands high.

Color: Dan with black points.

Confirmation: A broad forehead and lighter markings around the eyes. A compact frame and short but strong legs.

Falabella Horse

The Falabella is a miniature horse breed that stands at under nine hands high.

They can be quite an attractive looking horse, although they can sometimes appear to have too large a head for their size due to inbreeding.

Did you know that the Falabella horse has one or two ribs fewer than other horse breeds?

1. Falabella Horse 2. Fell Pony

1. Falabella Horse 2. Fell Pony

Fell Pony

The Fell Pony is from the North of England, where some 100 years ago, it carried lead from the mines to awaiting ships at Tyneside docks.

Great for riding, the Fell pony stands at 13.3 hands in height.

Color: Black, dark brown, dark bay, grey, or dun.

Confirmation: Powerfully built and alert looking. Long hair on tail and mane.

Florida Cracker Horse

Only recently registered in 1989. The result of breeding from Spanish horses taken to Florida in the 1500s.

This horse is said to have "natural cow sense" and makes an ideal horse for herding cattle,

The Florida Cracker is a small horse, standing between 14 hh and 15 hh. They have a Spanish type head and a muscular neck and are much prized for their stamina and speed.

1. A Florida Cracker horse and Cowboy - 1895 drawing 2. Frederiksborg Horse

1. A Florida Cracker horse and Cowboy - 1895 drawing 2. Frederiksborg Horse

Frederiksborg Horse

The Frederiksborg Horse is Denmarks oldest horse breed.

This horse is still being bred in Denmark today, although current demands for a fantastic sports horse have led to a new horse breed—the Danish Warmblood.

The Frederiksborg Horse has a kind head, a short neck, and upright shoulders.

Height: 15.3 to 16 hands high.

Color: Chestnut.

French Saddle Pony

A relatively new breed. The French Saddle Pony is a versatile, quiet yet lively mount.

Height: 12.2 to 14.2 hands high.

Color: Can be any color.

Confirmation: A small, refined head with alert ears. The neck is a reasonable length, set on a deep chest. It has a straight back.

1. Friesian Horse 2. French Saddle Pony

1. Friesian Horse 2. French Saddle Pony

Friesian Horse

The Friesian horse originates from the Netherlands. They are a light draft horse that is agile and nimble for their size. In the middle-ages, knights used them in battle as war horses.

The Friesian horse stands between 15 and 17 hands high.

Color: Black, although sometimes chestnut.

Confirmation: Muscular and agile. Long arched neck, low set tail.

Horse Fact

Horses have been domesticated for over 5000 years.

Galiceno Horse

The Galiceno originates from Mexico. It stands up to 14 hands high and can be any solid color.

With a nicely proportioned head, a kind eye, and alert ears. The head is short but muscular, and the legs are strong and well-formed.

Garrano Pony

The Garrano originates from Portugal. This breed is strong and hardy with a quiet temperament.

Sure-footed and commonly used as pack horses, they are surprisingly speedy and are often used as trotting horses.

1. Galiceno Horse 2. Garrano Pony 3. Gelderland Horse 4. Gotland Pony

1. Galiceno Horse 2. Garrano Pony 3. Gelderland Horse 4. Gotland Pony

Gelderland Horse

This horse takes its name from the Dutch province of Gelderland.

It is a beautifully built horse with a very stylish action. In Holland, it is renowned as a show horse.

Height is between 15.2 and 16 hands.

Gotland Pony

For centuries this little horse was unique to Gotland, which is in the Baltic Sea.

The Gotland pony is quite an athletic jumper and very speedy—often used in trotting races.

Height: 12 to 12.2 hands high.

Hackney Pony

The Hackney pony is a recognized horse breed from Great Britain.

The Hackney possesses excellent endurance. It has a muscular and arched neck.

Color: Black, bay, chestnut, or brown.

Height: 12.2 to 14 hands high

Haflinger Horse

The Haflinger is an ancient breed of horse from the southern Austrian Tyrol. It stands up to 14 hands high and is chestnut in color with flaxen mane and tail.

Confirmation: a tough mountain breed that is tough and sturdy. An attractive head with a kind eye. Short legs with a broad back.

1. Hackney Pony 2. Haflinger Horse 3. Hanoverian Horse 4. Highland Pony

1. Hackney Pony 2. Haflinger Horse 3. Hanoverian Horse 4. Highland Pony

Hanoverian Horse

Originally a carriage horse, the Hanoverian has been mixed with other thoroughbreds to produce an agile and safe horse often seen in show jumping competition.

Highland Pony

The Highlands Pony, a native breed from the Scottish Highlands, is the strongest and largest mountain and moorland breeds of Great Britain. A powerful yet docile Pony.

Height: 12.2 to 13.2 hands high.

Color: Black, brown, fox color with silver mane and tail.

Holstein Horse

The Holstein horse is a German breed believed to date back to the 13th Century.

They are popular in show jumping, dressage, and combined driving events. It is a powerful horse that stands between 16 and 17 hands high.

Color: Black, dark brown, grey, and sometimes chestnut.

1. Holstein Horse 2. Hucul Pony

1. Holstein Horse 2. Hucul Pony

Hucul Pony

The Hucul Pony is one of the oldest breeds of native Pony in Europe.

Like all mountain breeds, the Hucul is tough and hardy and often seen packing goods across mountain paths.

Height: 12.1 to 13.1 hands high.

Icelandic Horse

The Icelandic horse is a descendant of the North European Forest pony and the Celtic Pony. It may well have been introduced into Iceland by Viking age Scandinavians around 900 AD.

Height: 12.3 - 13.2 hands high.

Color: Any color.

Confirmation: A strong, sturdy, and stocky Pony with a large head and a short thick neck.

Icelandic Horse

Icelandic Horse

Top Left: Jutland Horse Top Right: Karabakh Horse Bottom Left: Konik Horse Bottom Right: Nigerian Pony

Top Left: Jutland Horse Top Right: Karabakh Horse Bottom Left: Konik Horse Bottom Right: Nigerian Pony

Jutland Horse

A heavy horse from Denmark that stands 15 to 16 hands high.

Color: Predominantly dark chestnut with a light mane and tail.

Confirmation: The Jutland horse has a deep body and a broad chest with short limbs.

Karabakh Horse

The Karabakh horse is from the Caucasian districts in Azerbaijan. This breed is mainly Arabian in confirmation.

They tend to have a golden color unique to this horse breed. Many observers consider the Karabakh a beautiful horse, noted for their speed and good temperament.

Unfortunately, this is a rare breed with diminishing numbers.

Height: 14 to 15 hands high

Color: Chestnut or bay, but with a characteristic golden tint.

Konik Horse

The Konik pony is an ancient breed from Poland's lowland farm areas.

The Konik retains some characteristics of the Tarpan. With small ears and eyes, a short neck, and a good girth depth. Recently, the Konik was identified as capable of helping with the restoration of wetland areas due to its grazing habits and was introduced into several wetland conservation sites.

Nigerian Pony

This large pony breed originates from Nigeria. It exhibits many of the features of a horse, often being mistaken as such.

Height: 14.0 to 14.2 hands high.

Color: Any color.

Confirmation: A plain-looking head with small but alert ears. Short neck with slightly sloping shoulders. A deep chest and a short back.

Noriker Horse

The Noriker horse was bred and developed over thousands of years in the mountains of Austria. It is a draught horse being strong and hardy.

The Noriker horse is well known for its calm temperament.

Stands 16 to 17 hands high.

Color: Brown, black, chestnut, grey. and brindle.

Noriker Horse

Noriker Horse

Norman Cob Horse

A light draught horse, still used on farms today in Normandy, France. The Norman Cob is a compact horse.

Traditionally the tail is docked.

Height: 15.3 to 16.3 hands high.

Color: Chestnut, bay, sometimes red-roan or grey.

Orlov Trotter

The Orlov Trotter is a Russian breed of horse that originates from 1777, valued for its beauty and elegance.

A handsome horse with a small head. A broad chest and strong muscular legs.

Color: Mainly grey.

1. Norman Cob 2. Orlov Trotter 3. Palomino Horse 4. Pindos Horse

1. Norman Cob 2. Orlov Trotter 3. Palomino Horse 4. Pindos Horse

Palomino Horse

The palomino is such a popular horse type that I found it impossible to leave it out of this guide. The name refers to the golden coloring.

Height: 14.0 to 17.0 hands high.

Color: The body color of a gold coin, with a white main and tail.

Confirmation: A refined head.

Pindos Horse

This ancient breed from Greece, standing up to 13 hands high, is mostly bay, black, dark brown, or dark grey.

Confirmation: a coarse head with a small eye. Light and narrow in the frame, with legs that are fine in the bone but strong.

Rhenish Draft Horse

Introduced about 100 years ago, it came from the Rhein Province of Germany.

A rare breed, this powerful draft horse is deep-chested and renowned for being of good character.

Color: Sorrel roan and brown.

Height: Between 16 and 17 hands.

1.  Rhenish Draft Horse 2.  Rocky Mountain Horse

1. Rhenish Draft Horse 2. Rocky Mountain Horse

Rocky Mountain Horse

A new horse breed only recently developed. The Rocky Mountain horse is generally very calm with a kind temperament. A horse used for riding, it has a smooth gait, meaning that it is comfortable for riding over long distances.

A highly attractive horse.

Height: 14.2 to 16 hand high

Color: Any solid color.

Russian Trotter Horse

Bred from American Standardbred stallions and mares between 1890 and 1914. It was only in 1950 that the Russian Trotter received official recognition

Height: 15.3 to 16 hands high

Color: Mainly bay, can be black, grey or chestnut.

Russian Trotter Horse

Russian Trotter Horse

Schleswig horse

A breed originally from a province of Denmark. In the Middle Ages, this medium-sized draft horse was used as a saddle horse to carry heavily armored knights. By the 19th Century, this horse was used to move artillery and heavy carts. Today they are used for farm work.

Color: Mainly chestnut.

Height: 15.2 to 16 hands high.

Shire Horse

The Shire Horse horse is a large English horse capable of pulling huge weights. Often associated with the pulling of brewery wagons, but is also used in forestry.

Strands 16 to 17 hands high and is predominantly black or grey but can come in many colors.

Confirmation: Legs usually have white stockings.

Skyros Pony

The Skyros Pony is a very rare pony from the Greek Island of Skyros. This Pony used to roam in herds, but these days, it is mainly kept by individuals who use it for harness work and riding.

The Skyros pony is lightly framed, with a short neck and weak hindquarters. It stands up to 11 hands high.

1. Shire Horse 2. Skyros Pony 3. Timor Pony 4. Tersk Horse

1. Shire Horse 2. Skyros Pony 3. Timor Pony 4. Tersk Horse

Tersk Horse

The Tersk horse comes from the Caucasus. It is a horse with a distinctly Arabian look about it. A refined and elegant horse.

Height: 15 hands high.

Color: Predominantly light grey or white with a silvery sheen.

Timor Pony

This pony is well-liked in Australia and New Zealand as a stock horse. They are tireless and sure-footed with a willing temperament.

Height: 10 to 12 hands high.

Color: Brown, black, and bay.

Trakehner Horse

The Trakehner Horse originated from Prussia. It is a very ancient breed.

This horse can be any solid color and stands 15 to 16 hands high.

Trakehner Horse

Trakehner Horse

Vladimir Heavy Draft Horse

Height: up to 16.1 hands high.

Color: Predominantly bay, also black and chestnut..

Confirmation: A large and long head with a long and muscular neck. A broad back and long limbs.

Welsh Cob

An old, established breed of Pony. The Welsh Cob has inherited many of the hardiness of the mountain pony.

The Welsh Cob is a great pony for the farmer, useful for all kinds of harness work and cable of pulling a significant weight.

Color: Any color except piebald or skewbald.

Confirmation: Small head showing quality. Substantial deep girth with very powerful quarters. Short but strong legs.

1. Vladimir Horse 2. Welsh Cob 3. Wielkopolski Horse         4. Wurttemberg Horse

1. Vladimir Horse 2. Welsh Cob 3. Wielkopolski Horse 4. Wurttemberg Horse

Wielkopolski Horse

The Wielkopolski Horse is a relatively new breed developed in western Poland during the 19th Century.

Versatile with an excellent temperament, yet they are strong and hardy.

They can be any solid color and stand between 16 and 16.2 hands high

Wurttemberg Horse

The Wurttemberg Horse originated in Germany in the 17th Century.

This horse breed has an excellent temperament and supposedly cheap to feed.

They can be bay, chestnut, black or brown.

Height: 16 hands high.


Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on May 15, 2014:

@brianvallois lm: Thank you. The Akhal-Teke is a very eyecatching horse.

brianvallois lm on May 15, 2014:

Great lens, i love the look of Akhal-Teke Horse.

RinchenChodron on December 10, 2013:

Very enjoyable and informative lens.

jmchaconne on December 01, 2013:

Thank you for a wonderfully comprehensive lens, especially the wonderful images. The first animal I learned to draw was a horse, the first author I read when I got my library card was Walter Farley. I purchased you first horse at auction at age 14. I love horses! They taught me about trust, and responsibility.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on October 16, 2013:

@delia-delia: Thank you. Arabians are such great horses.

Delia on October 15, 2013:

Nice informative lens on horses! I bred Arabians for 15 years, they are my favorite breed.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on October 07, 2013:

@golfspice: Thank you.

golfspice on October 06, 2013:

Enjoyable and interesting lens about the horse and its origins.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on September 23, 2013:

@TolovajWordsmith: Thank you.

Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on September 23, 2013:

Beautiful lens about beautiful animal. Horses have very special place in human culture, I think in many ways they are even more popular than dogs and cats. Great reading!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on July 09, 2013:

@Judy Filarecki: He sounds wonderful.

Judy Filarecki from SW Arizona and Northern New York on July 08, 2013:

My favorite horse for riding all the years I did, was an appalossa. He also had such a smooth stride and carried his head high...just beautiful

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on May 31, 2013:

@greenqueen09: Shire horses are such characters.

Laura from Australia on May 30, 2013:

The White Shire Horse is beautiful. Thanks for the info!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on May 08, 2013:

@DANCING COWGIRL: Thank you - very much appreciated.

Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on May 07, 2013:

You really did a nice job of showing some beautiful horses. Cowgirl Approved!!

Laurel Johnson from Washington KS on April 06, 2013:

I love horses of all kinds and sizes, but am particularly fond of draft horses.

Excellent lens.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on March 08, 2013:

@lesliesinclair: Thank you - horses are such a fascinating subject.

lesliesinclair on March 08, 2013:

This is a wonderful resource for anyone who wants an introduction to horse breeds.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on March 05, 2013:

@Linda BookLady: Thank you. The Friesian is such a distinguished looking horse.

Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on March 04, 2013:

Great reference for horse lovers! My favorites are the Friesian and the Clydesdale .

racingdatabase on February 19, 2013:

Super lens - I've already emailed my 6yo daughter to tell her about it (yeah "emailed", my 6yo daughter - you heard that right! :-))

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on February 18, 2013:

@LauraGraig: Thank you - very much appreciated.

LauraGraig on February 18, 2013:

Very informative and interesting lens. Well done!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on January 25, 2013:

@ATTHED LM: Thank you. Haflingers are an amazing breed of horse.

ATTHED LM on January 25, 2013:

I really enjoyed the lens and found it a great summary

Here in Hamburg N. German Haflingers are quite popular.

Thanks for going to the trouble of putting this together

caketech on January 22, 2013:

Horses have always been one of my favorite animals. They are so majestic and beautiful!

Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on December 16, 2012:

The lens is really informative and includes a lot of the breeds, but you have omitted many. Perhaps you left room for a further lens on this interesting topic? I hope so because I found what you did include very interesting.

Avi Wolfson from Massachusetts on December 02, 2012:

Great lens!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on November 15, 2012:

@soaringsis: Thank you for visit - always appreciated.

soaringsis on November 14, 2012:

I enjoyed your lens and looking at the beautiful horses. Thanks for sharing.

anonymous on October 29, 2012:

i luv horses

anonymous on October 01, 2012:

thank you very much it helped me lots

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on July 19, 2012:

@RuralFloridaLiving: Thank you for the visit and your kind words. Appreciated,

RuralFloridaLiving on July 19, 2012:

Beautiful! Enjoyed the lens.

Stephanie Tietjen from Albuquerque, New Mexico on July 01, 2012:

Interesting to learn all the different breeds, all beautiful animals. That Palomino is a beauty. Thanks

anonymous on March 18, 2012:

5 stars and so love this gorgeously educational horse lens :)

nephthys lm on January 09, 2012:

Welsh cob! Freisian! Clydesdale, Thouroughbred, Suffolk punch!

And it's shetLAND, jess.

great lens.

ColorPetGifts on January 08, 2012:

Very nice A to Z guide to horses, many thanks :)

anonymous on December 27, 2011:

Where's the Shetlen Pony?

SquidooPower on December 11, 2011:


anonymous on November 20, 2011:

I love how you did this for everyone's comfort level in learning, I wasn't aware how much I didn't know but do now, thanks to you!

Virginia Allain from Central Florida on November 01, 2011:

As a kid, I was fascinated by horses. You might want to add the Cracker horse to this list of breeds. They were developed in Florida.

miaponzo on October 26, 2011:

Love it! I am doing one very similar.. GREAT horse lens!

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on October 25, 2011:

very informative lens. really enjoyed this lens. ~blessed~

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