horse breeds

Ride a Rocky

Have you ever spotted a chocolate brown horse with a beautiful flaxen mane and tail on your horsey adventures? If you have, it was probably a Rocky Mountain Horse. This gaited breed originated in the hills of Eastern Kentucky...
Photo courtesy American Saddlebred Horse Association You may think of the American Saddlebred as a high-stepping show-ring mount—a pretty face born to show off. But after talking to some Saddlebred owners, it’s easy to see that the breed is much...
Martina Gates got her first camera at age 6, and fell in love with horses soon after. The Icelandic horse is one of her favorite subjects to photograph. (See her work featured in the September 2016 issue of Horse...
If you know anything about horses, you know the story of the Arabian horse: It’s one of the oldest horse breeds still in existence that has endowed qualities of endurance and beauty to nearly every other breed in the...
I recently had the opportunity to take my first ride on a Spanish Mustang. Actually, it was my first ride on a Mustang of any kind, but these are not to be confused with BLM Mustangs, who are branded...
Of all the horse breeds in the world, perhaps none are quite as cute and unique as Miniature Horses, which stand about half the height of the average equine. Although some people assume that Minis are just very small...
Justin Morgan Horse Statue, University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm by Rosewoman on flickr/CC BY 2.0 Sometimes horse breeds are influenced by several prominent foundation stallions. One example is the Thoroughbred, for example, which was heavily influenced by the Godolphin...

8 Horses of the World

It’s a big world of horses out there! And while you may be familiar with the origins of certain common American breeds like the Quarter Horse or American Paint, how much do you know about the origins of other...

The Gypsy Horse

Photo: Judy Woods/Courtesy North Fork Gypsy Cobs The horses we know as Gypsy horses trace their origins to the cobs used by the Romany people in Europe to pull their wagons. When equestrians in the U.S. discovered these horses and...
The modern American Shetland Pony is refined and elegant. Photo: Chris Butler Photo/Courtesy Soundview Shetlands What if you don’t want to ride but you still want to be an equestrian? You probably don’t need, or want, a large horse (read:...
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