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Horse Breeds

Hackney Pony and driver competing in a roadster to bike class at a horse show.


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...
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 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...
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...
Standardbred horse harness racing

The Standardbred

Standardbred History In 1849 Hambletonian 10, the foundation sire of the American Standardbred was born. His offspring went on to set records in the harness racing world. The name Standardbred refers to the “standard” that was set in 1879 that established...
Suffolk Punch Horse Breed History The Suffolk Punch is the oldest of Great Britain’s heavy breeds, dating back to at least the 16th century. The early breeding may have been influenced by the Norfolk Roadster, Norfolk Trotter or Norfolk Cob,...
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