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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:...
There's no mistaking an Appaloosa when you see one; the spots they sport stand out in an amazingly colorful way. Riders in almost every discipline cherish the Appaloosa for not only its captivating look, but also its all-around athletic...
Standing taller than most NBA players and each weighing more than one ton, Belgian draft horses Big Jake and Almighty Bruce make up quite a large team. At 20 hands, 2.75 inches (6'10" at the withers), Big Jake’s claim to...

The Curly Horse

The Curly Horse, also known as the American Bashkir Curly, North American Curly Horse and American Curly Horse, possesses not just beauty but brains, athleticism and a people-loving personality that makes the breed a great partner for a variety...
The craggy terrain of the Welsh countryside has kept the human population localized to the coastlines. However, for the native Welsh Pony and Cob, it has historically been a perfectly suitable home. That mountainous, sparse countryside allowed only the...
Perhaps you’ve met a few gaited horses out on trail and watched them blaze by as their riders sat easily in the saddle. Or maybe you’ve considered going gaited yourself but wondered how the transition would be, or which...
"Golden horses. That’s what they call the palominos.” So begins one of the best of the Roy Rogers movies, My Pal Trigger. The film tells the (completely fictional) story of one man’s bond with an amazing golden horse, and...
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