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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...
Fell Ponies in a field

The Fell Pony

Fell Pony History The Fell Pony arrived in Great Britain as an ancient Wild European Pony type that came across the land bridge during the ice age. The ponies dispersed throughout the United Kingdom, and the resulting habitat helped form...
Miniature Horse History The Miniature Horse traces its history back to the 17th century in Europe, when oddities and unusual animals were talking points among nobility. Less refined Minis were employed as “pit ponies” working and living inside mines. Minis...
New Forest Pony History In England, near the coast in southwest Hampshire, lies the beautiful New Forest. The New Forest Pony, one of the nine native breeds of the United Kingdom, has existed here since 1016 A.D. The native ponies mixed...
Oldenburg horse conformation

The Oldenburg

Oldenburg Horse Breed History The Oldenburg was created in the 17th Century through the endeavors of Count Johann XVI von Oldenburg and Count Anton Gunther von Oldenburg to create a grand carriage horse. Small breeding farms throughout the provinces of...
History of the Przewalski Horse The Przewalski Horse, also known as the Asian wild horse, is the only truly wild breed of horse. The three primitive horses considered to be the foundation of all domestic horses, the Forest Horse, the Tarpan...
Shetland Pony Breed History Off the coast of Scotland lie the Shetland Islands, native habitat of the smallest pony in Britain: the Shetland Pony. It’s thought that the breed evolved on the Scandinavian tundra and was possibly brought over by...
Shire horses closeup

The Shire

Shire Horse History The Shire is the most popular draft horse in the United Kingdom. The Shire made its first appearance on British soil in its original form of the Great Horse, which was brought by William the Conqueror in...
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