From: Equestrian and Horse
Horse Breeds A-Z List
There are many different horse breeds throughout the world today, each with it's own unique characteristics.
Many breeds have adapted to their surroundings, learning to cope with extremes of hot and cold, as well as learning to cope with meager rations and in some cases mountainous regions.
The confirmation, size, colour, paces and height are all good indications of what sets each breed apart. Knowing these things helps greatly in choosing a breed that will suit you and your needs whatever your chosen discipline and/or preferences.
Here we list all the different common horse breeds A-Z by name with descriptions and pictures on the seperate breed pages.
This lovely slender looking horse has great endurance qualities and is very spirited.
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American Paint Horse
A beautiful looking horse which has a two colored coat. This horse is known for its association with the North American Indian.
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This little pony is a slightly more refined version of its native friend which is found in the British Shetland Isles. It is a popular choice as a riding and driving pony.
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An elegant horse who has great presence and power. It has excellent paces and a willing and intelligent nature making it an excellent riding horse who excels in dressage.
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This incredibly versatile horse is good looking and talented and can excel in many different disciplines.
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This striking horse has a spotted coat and is well known for its association with the Indians, most notably the Nez Perce Indians of the pacific North West.
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This is a beautiful horse which is known for its dished face, high tail carriage and sleek outline. It can be used for many disciplines but it excels at endurance.
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A lovely looking versatile horse that has immense hardiness combined with a kind nature and active paces.
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A wonderful looking draught horse who is both willing and powerful and is still used today for working the land.
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A wonderfully light riding horse, who has great stamina and speed with a kind nature.
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This very tough little horse from Russia is sure footed and hardy with a sound temperament.
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An impressive draught horse who has much strength and power with a gentle nature and a willingness to work. It is no wonder that it has influenced so many other breeds.
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A compact horse who is well suited to harness work and is capable of working in the hot climates.
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A lovely looking horse who has a willing temperament and a kind and gentle nature combined with the strength and power required of a draught horse.
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This good looking horse is both tough and athletic allowing them to be used for many different disciplines.
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These beautiful horses have been surviving on the Rhone Delta in France for many years, resulting in a hardy horse which has great strength, stamina and character.
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These beautifully petite ponies have strength, speed and great versatility making them a wonderful all round pony.
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A lovely looking horse who has free moving, active paces and an excellent temperament. Due to its power, stamina, boldness and willing nature it makes for an excellent driving, riding and competition horse.
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This wonderful heavy horse has an energetic pace and an incredibly docile nature making an excellent horse who excels at agriculture and haulage and is often an impressive sight in the show ring.
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These gorgeous ponies have excellent paces and are well known for their jumping ability and versatility.
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These beautiful horses from Argentina have active paces and surefootedness combined with great stamina.
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This wonderful horse is good looking and is strong enough to carry both children and adults. It has an excellent temperament and is a very versatile individual.
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A beautiful horse who has been bred for the competition world of dressage, show jumping and eventing. This is a great athlete with wonderful paces and temperament.
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This lovely pony is agile, surefooted and has a generous temperament.
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A beautiful horse with active, agile paces and an excellent temperament.
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Well known for their great strength and hard working personalities, Draft horses from around the world each offer their own special characteristics and charm.
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This stunning horse is talented, trainable and good looking making it an excellent competition horse.
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This lovely looking pony is a great all round riding and driving pony, very surefooted and with a generous temperament.
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Small, stunning and strong and excellent all round pony both ridden and in harness.
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This is a beautiful looking horse and with its unusual mane and tail coloring, surefootedness and excellent temperament make it a popular riding horse choice.
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This elegant looking horse has an even and intelligent temperament as is well suited to light harness work and as a general riding horse.
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This lovely looking horse is well built and very muscular. It excels at trotting and is able to cover much ground in that pace.
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This is a beautiful looking horse who has an excellent temperament and active paces, they make good riding and driving horses.
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A good looking handsome horse who has an excellent temperament and is very hard working by nature. They make good all round horse capable of pleasure, driving and competition work.
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A elegant horse who are known for their high knee action and good paces. Can be used as riding horses but are most commonly known for their use as carriage horses.
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This stunning pony is known for its beautiful chestnut colour and flaxen mane as well as its surefootedness and sound temperament.
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This exceptional horse has great strength and a good temperament and particularly excels in Dressage and Show Jumping competitions.
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This wonderful pony is strong, sturdy and versatile with a gentle temperament.
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A good looking and intelligent horse who has great scope and a powerful action making it in great demand as a competition horse specializing in dressage, carriage and show jumping.
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Hungarian Half Bred
This beautiful looking horse has great strength, speed and stamina making it an excellent choice for many different disciplines.
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This lovely looking pony is incredibly tough, hard working and surefooted.
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This is a good looking and versatile horse who has excellent free moving paces and are known for their big bold jumping ability.
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Italian Heavy Draught Horse
This beautiful horse is intelligent and has active paces combined with a sound temperament.
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This beautiful heavy horse from Denmark combines great strength and power with a willingness to work.
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This incredibly tough horse has great endurance qualities and can also be used as a riding and driving horse.
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A stunning horse with immense scope and presence especially in the art of classical dressage.
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A stunning horse who has great athleticism and a trainable nature.
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This lovely looking horse has a gentle and trainable nature and makes a good all purpose riding horse.
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Missouri Fox Trotter
This is a beautiful looking horse who is known for one gait in particular the Foxtrot. In the Foxtrot the horse walks with its front two legs and trots with the hind legs, sliding them forward on landing to give a smooth non jarring effect to the pace. The Foxtrot is an inherited gait and it can also be achieved through training.
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A versatile and good looking horse with a kind temperament who can excel in many different forms of competition, making it a very popular choice.
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These are the superbly tough, feral wild horses of North America. They make excellent riding horses being quick thinking, agile and sure footed.
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New Forest Pony
This lovely looking pony is agile and surefooted with a kind and intelligent nature.
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A lovely looking light draught horse who is strong, sturdy and surefooted with an amiable temperament who in his homeland of Austria has to work over difficult mountain terrain.
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This wonderfully sturdy horse is well suited to light draught work, it has an excellent temperament and a well proportioned strong and sturdy body.
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North Swedish Draught
A very strong horse with a willing and hard working nature.
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A beautiful and powerfully built competition horse with great scope and athleticism.
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A powerful horse who has excellent trotting ability and can be used for both riding and driving purposes.
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This docile horse has good free moving paces and a sturdy build which allow it to be used as a ridden horse and in harness.
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This lovely horse is noted for its comfortable paces and surefootedness combined with excellent ground covering action.
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Pony of the America's
This stylish spotted pony is very versatile and is excellent both under saddle and in harness. It has a kind temperament and is great for children and small adults alike.
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The Quarter Horse is a beautiful, agile horse who is and can be used for many different disciplines. Their name comes from being originally bred for racing, over a distance of approximately a quarter of a mile, wherever there was a flat strip that could be raced upon.
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This good looking horse gives a comfortable ride as is known for two paces in particular the Slow Rack which is a high stepping four beat gait which is performed slowly and the Rack which is a fast four beat gait.
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This wonderful heavy horse has a strong compact build with a kindly expression.
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A handsome looking horse who has the speed and power to excel in many sports especially eventing, racing and show jumping.
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A beautiful horse who has a slender and powerful physique and great stamina.
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These small adorable ponies are cheeky, energetic, intelligent and very hardy, with the right training they make excellent riding and driving ponies.
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A magnificent heavy horse who has a willing and kind nature combined with a strong and powerful body.
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These lovely little ponies are small, strong and versatile.
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South German Heavy Horse
This is a compact horse with a willing nature, it has the power to be both a riding and working horse.
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This is a fast and powerful horse who has been bred for harness racing. The two paces it is known for are the Trot and the Pace. The trot being in diagonal pairs and the Pace is where near and off side alternate.
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This lovely heavy horse is one of the oldest breeds of England and it has immense strength,power and a gentle nature making an excellent horse both in the fields and pulling carts.
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A stunning horse with immense scope and ability who is capable of performing in many different disciplines.
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Tennessee Walking Horse
A lovely looking horse who is comfortable under saddle and has an excellent temperament. Due to their smooth paces they are mainly used as a pleasure horse and also for showing.
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These beautiful looking horses from Russia can be used for several different riding purposes.
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This classy looking horse has stamina and elegance making it an excellent competition horse in events such as Show Jumping, Dressage and Eventing.
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A beautifully refined horse who has great speed and strength as well as courage and stamina. It makes a superb athlete and excels in many sports especially racing and eventing.
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Vladimir Heavy Draught
A lovely looking horse who is powerful and energetic. It is very well suited to draught work.
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Welsh Mountain Pony
These beautiful ponies are well known for their active, energetic paces as well as for their sound temperaments making them excellent all round riding and driving ponies.
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A handsome intelligent horse who has speed, stamina and powerful hindquarters making it an excellent competition horse.
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