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The Standardbred breed traces its origins to a champion trotting horse born in the mid-1800s named Hambletonian 10. Standardbreds are still used in harness racing today, but they excel in second careers off-the-track as trail, sport, and show...
There’s just something extraordinary about the Friesian horse. Big, bold and brilliant, with stunning good looks and plenty of talent and power, the Friesian is easily recognizable thanks to its striking black coloring and abundant leg feathering. Here are...
Morgan horses are known for being friendly, people-pleasing horses. They’re like the Golden Retrievers of the equine world. And what could be better than spending hours on the trail with your four-legged best friend? Christopher and Morgan Loomis are young...
Chestnut Arabian horse on a black background

The Arabian Horse

Thousands of years ago, a very special breed of horse lived in the deserts of the Middle East. This horse stood by the Bedouin fires at night and carried riders through the arid landscape by day. They were the...
Wandering through the holding pens at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) adoption center, each corral is filled with beautiful wild horses of nearly every color, size and personality. Trying to choose one for adoption can feel a bit...
Highland Pony trotting in a field

Highland Pony

When Mel Gibson galloped across the silver screen as Sir William Wallace in the Academy Award-winning film Braveheart, his beautiful bay mount was big and majestic. But in truth, the real William Wallace, a Medieval knight who defeated the...
Morgan Horse

Morgan Horse

Morgan Horse History Not many horse lovers have escaped childhood without reading Marguerite Henry’s non-fiction book about Figure, the very first Morgan horse, owned by school teacher Justin Morgan in West Springfield, Mass., in 1789. This gentle little stallion was...
Thoroughbred racehorse at the North American Racing Academy

Thoroughbred

Thoroughbred Horse Breed History Throughout equine history few breeds have impacted the horse world quite like the Thoroughbred. Three foundation sires, the Byerly Turk, the Godolphin Arabian and the Darley Arabian, were bred to native English horses to create the breed...
Connemara Pony cantering

Connemara Pony

Connemara Pony History The Connemara Pony is Ireland’s only native breed. It comes from and is named for an area on the west coast of Ireland bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Galway Bay; a wilderness of bogs and rugged...
Westphalian horse trotting in a field

The Westphalian

Westphalian Horse Breed History Westphalia is the largest state in Germany and home to the Westphalian warmblood horse. Horse breeding is a tradition in Westphalia dating back centuries. In 1826 the National stud in Warendorf was founded for organized breeding of...
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