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Most Popular Horse breeds – And they are not the ones you think

Most Popular Horse breeds – And they are not the ones you think

Most Popular Horse breeds – And they are not the ones you think

/ Animals / Sunday, 10 September 2017 21:20

Unlike other domestic animals, there are numerous breeds of horse that it would take days to cover all of them, and each one comes with different characteristics. Finding the right horse for your need will be a herculean task, one that even if you do sieve through the stiff and expensive competition will leave you with dozens of options. To get you started, here are the most popular breeds of horse among equestrian circles:


Tennessee Walker

 The Tennessee walking horse was developed in America during the 19th century. The breed is defined by the its unique "running walk" gait that is both fast and smooth. Its smooth gaits make it comfortable for riding long distances, so it was the top choice for many Civil War generals. Although most appreciated by pleasure riders, this breed often appear in competitions as well.


Arabian Horse

Always among the top favorite world over, this Arabian Peninsula breed is easy to spot. It has a distinctive head shape and high, proud tail carriage. Mostly known for its spirit and endurance, this breed is one of the oldest. Arabians are deployed today in many disciplines, including western, saddle seat, and even dressage. - an equestrian sport that displays the highest level of horse training



You would know this one if you've seen a couple of horse racing. Developed in England sometime between the 17th and 18th century, this breed is high spirited and known for its speed and stamina.

You should be careful mounting this one as they were bred for speed, which is one reason they make excellent sport horses, hunters and jumpers, and as mounts for dressage, polo and fox hunting.



Developed by the Nez Perce Native American tribe in the Pacific Northwest, Appaloosas are best known for their colorful leopard spots.

They are strong intelligent horses that are often used as stock horses and pleasure mounts.



This Spanish breed originated in the Iberian Peninsula with long, thick manes and tails, the Andalusian is strong, compact and elegant. 

Today their exceptionally agility coupled with physical capabilities make them well-suited for dressage competition, driving, saddle seat and even jumping. While it is common to see grey Andalusians, they come in other colors though rare.


Missouri fox trotter

Native to the Ozark Mountains, the Missouri fox trotter was developed in the early 1800s. Known mostly for its gait - that gives it its name, resulting in a smooth, surefooted and comfortable ride. This breed is a cross of more than three other breeds.


Morgan horse

One of the oldest and popular breed developed in the United States, all Morgans can be traced back to the foundation sire, Figure who lived in 18th-century Vermont with owner Justin Morgan. A combination of strength and endurance with a calm demeanor and intelligence, definitely a desirable mix of traits which makes it suitable to be the state animal of Vermont.


Quarter Horse

With the largest breed registry in the world to back it up, the Quarter Horse is arguably the most popular breed in the United States.

Known for its burst of speed over short distances, Quarter horses are popular mounts for both trail and competition. They are often used for western pleasure riding and other western events such as barrel racing, roping and cutting, but theses racers were built to run and run they do.



The List of horse breeds is exhaustive, there are other popular breeds like the Belgian horse, Clydesdale, Percheron, Shire and of course the Mustang.


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