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Horse Breeds

Learn about your favorite horse breeds (including draft horses, warmbloods, light horses, and ponies), including their history, characteristics, personality, equestrian sports and disciplines they each excel in, and more, along with stories about individual horses from common and rare breeds and the people who love them.Some examples of those covered include American Quarter Horses, Morgans, Arabians, Saddlebreds, Thoroughbreds, and more rare ones like the Suffolk Punches, Dales Ponies, and more. Whether you already know your favorite type of equine, or you're wanting to determine what kind is best for you, Horse Illustrated's archives have all the information you need to learn about all kinds of horses.

Dutch Warmbloods, or as their registry in The Netherlands is known, Koninklijk Warmbloed Paardenstamboek Nederland (KWPN), boast high performance in dressage, jumping and in harness. Riders looking to make it to the Olympic levels or gather up blue ribbons...
Today’s harness racing trotters and pacers can do a lot more than pull a sulky at high speeds. Standardbred horses retiring from off the track suit riders of all levels in disciplines ranging from dressage and barrel racing to...
From before the Vikings invaded through modern times, the sturdy and faithful Fell Pony has weaved itself through Northern England’s history in one form or another. In 1853, the first reference to Fell Ponies was found in a report...
When the Spaniards arrived on the shores of the New World in the 15th century, they found a land void of horses. They couldn’t have known that horses had originally inhabited the Americas and that they were about to...
Imagine gliding down the trail, oblivious to rough terrain, without worrying about hours spent in the saddle causing back pain. This isn’t just a dream for the fortunate owners of Paso Fino horses. Born with a naturally smooth gait...
There is something about a Palomino horse that gets people’s attention. That could be why Xena the Warrior Princess, cowboy star Roy Rogers, and even Wilbur of Mister Ed fame had one. Let’s face it: It’s hard to look...
Imagine a horse that can live with little forage in a dune-swept desert where cobras hide in the scrub brush and water is scarce. This horse can also carry a rider for hours through this terrain, fight in fierce...
Spotted horse breeds are some of today's most well-known breeds and it turns out they have a prehistoric past.When researchers first began studying the Dappled Horses of Pech-Merle, a 25,000-year-old cave painting in southern France depicting white horses with...
While Tamie Smith, winner of the 2023 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event 5*, rides and competes in eventing on many types of horses, Thoroughbreds are one of her favorite breeds.“So far, I haven't had the honor of having a...
Not long after the birth of America, a special horse, the Tennessee Walking Horse, was created in the rural South. Carrying the blood of the Narragansett and Canadian Pacer, along with the genes of the Standardbred, Thoroughbred, Morgan Horse...
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