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Horse Breed Profiles

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...
Herd of wild Mustang horses

Mustang

Mustang Horse History Mustang is a derivative of the Spanish word mesteña, which means wild or stray. Horses roamed America 10,000 years ago but vanished from the landscape until the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the 16th century with their horses...
Rocky Mountain Horse History The Rocky Mountain Horse originated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in eastern Kentucky in the late 1800s. The breed gets its name from its foundation stallion, a gaited horse from the Rocky Mountains. The Rocky Mountain...
American Quarter Horse History The American Quarter Horse traces its roots to early America, where settlers crossed English horses to those of Spanish ancestry, producing a compact and muscular horse. These horses could run a short distance over a straightaway...
American Saddlebred History The American Saddlebred originated from Galloway and Hobbie horses imported from Britain during the early part of America’s history. These two breeds were crossed to create the Narragansett Pacer, which was crossed to the Thoroughbred in the...
Budweiser Clydesdales

Clydesdale

Clydesdale Breed History The Clydesdale originated in the Clyde Valley, Scotland, and is the youngest of all the United Kingdom heavy breeds, finding its full development in the last 150 years. In the late 1700s, Native horses of Lanarkshire were...
Welsh Pony Section A driving

Welsh Pony and Cob

Welsh Pony and Cob History The wild wind-swept hills and valleys in Wales developed the characteristics of the Welsh Pony and Cob. Through the years, they lent their use to hill farmers and shepherds, landowners and deliverymen. In 1901, the...
Missouri Fox Trotter Profile: The Missouri Fox Trotter is a product of its native Ozark Mountains in   Missouri.  The breed’s decedents, mainly of Morgan, Thoroughbred and Arabian blood, arrived in the Ozarks when pioneers settled the area in 1821.  The breed’s...
History of the Tennessee Walking Horse The Tennessee Walking Horse is an American original, developed in central Tennessee in the late 1800s.  The horse’s genealogy includes a mixture of breeds that settlers brought with them, such as Morgans, Narragansett Pacer...

Exmoor

The Exmoor Profile: The Exmoor Pony is the oldest of the nine British breeds and is least influenced by outside breeding. The Exmoor was first prized as a chariot horse by invading Roman forces. Its best known for its driving abilities,...
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