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Horse Breed Profiles

One breed you’ll probably recognize instantly is the Norwegian Fjord Horse. If you’ve seen the  popular movie Frozen—and who hasn’t?—you’re familiar with the animated rendition of the breed. Anna’s pleasantly plump mount and Hans’ majestic equine companion are both...
Boyd Martin and Tsetserleg

Trakehner

Trakehner Horse History The Trakehner is one of the oldest European warmblood breeds, with its history going back more than 400 years. The breed is based on a local horse (then found in East Prussia) called the Schweiken. The Schweiken...
Galloping Gypsy Horse

Gypsy Horses

Gypsy Horses Profile: Gypsy horses, registered as Gypsy Vanner Horses, Gypsy Cobs and Gypsy Drum horses, are a relatively new concept to most people, but not to the Romany (gypsy) “Traveller” of Great Britain. Today, colorful Gypsy horses can be seen...
Hackney Pony and driver competing in a roadster to bike class at a horse show.

Hackney

Hackney Pony and Horse History The Hackney was developed in Great Britain in the late 17th and early 18th centuries and was descendant of the Norfolk Trotter, Yorkshire Roadster, the Arabian and the Thoroughbred. Their early ancestors were even thought...
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...
Canadian Horse standing in front of a barn

Canadian Horse

Canadian Horse History In the late 1600s, King Louis XIV of France brought Breton and Norman horses to the region of North America now known as Canada. They are believed to be the ancestors of the modern Canadian Horse, which...
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...
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Abaco Barb

Abaco Barb Profile: The Abaco Barb has been extinct since 2015. The breed is believed to have descended from Spanish horses that were in route aboard ships with early explorers to the New World. Many of these ships never reached their...
Dartmoor Pony Breed History Any visitor traveling from the south toward Stonehenge in the southwest of England will most likely drive through Dartmoor, home to Sherlock Holmes’ “Hound of the Baskervilles” and the Dartmoor Pony. The geographic location of their early...
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