Each breed of horse offers different strengths and weaknesses; some breeds can be more lively for beginners to ride than others, while some remain very relaxed and quiet.
Akhal-Teke: These hotblooded purebreds, with average heights between 14 and 15 hands, can reach speeds up to 35 miles per hour and feature excellent agility and stamina.
Thoroughbred horses are master athletes, designed for flat racing and steeplechase competitions. Most people associate them with race horses when thinking of them as potential candidates for racing careers.
Long necks move forward in sync with their bodies to help accelerate as they run, with elegant heads bearing wide-set eyes that reflect intelligence.
Pedigrees of Thoroughbreds can be traced back to three foundation stallions imported to England between the 17th and 18th centuries from Barb, Arabian, and Turkoman bloodlines; all modern Thoroughbreds can trace back through their paternal lines to these foundation stallions.
2. Quarter Horse
American Quarter Horses (AQHs), popularly referred to as racehorses, are widely considered versatile athletes that can perform multiple roles from racing and jumping events to western riding events and ranch work! These natural athletes offer something for every type of riding sport imaginable!
Originating from Colonial America when sprint racing was popular on streets, planters crossed colonial mares with Chickasaws and other wild horses to produce an acceleration over short distances in short breeding cycles.
Modern American Quarter Horses (AQHs) boast heavy muscling, sprinter’s speed, versatility, cow sense and a gentle temperament – typically standing 14-16 hands (56 to 64 inches; 163 cm). They are also highly prized as rodeo and Western competition horses.
Warmbloods are middleweight sports horses known for excelling at disciplines like dressage and show jumping. Their blend of strength and agility make them popular choices in high-pressure competitions.
Although its name suggests otherwise, “warmblood” does not refer to a horse’s temperature but instead refers to their temperament. On one end of the spectrum are hotbloods such as Thoroughbreds that are known for speed and sensitivity while on the other are coldbloods such as draft breeds that provide reliable service – warmbloods fall somewhere in between these extremes.
Andalusians make for spectacular horses, known for their proud bearing and catlike agility. Over history they have been prized by numerous people: Ancient Spartan warriors valued their strength while Moorish conquerors treasured them as endurance mounts; Hernando Cortes used Andalusians extensively when exploring New World territory.
Today’s Andalusians are widely utilized for dressage and driving competitions as well as bullfighting and stock horse competitions. A charming myth surrounding Andalusians involves their facial markings predicting temperament – some owners believe that an Andalusia’s unique whorl pattern indicates its personality and disposition.
The Paint breed of horse is an extremely versatile species, excelling at Western riding disciplines such as barrel racing and ranch work as well as being skilled competitors at halter events.
Every horse possesses its own distinct color pattern, featuring elements of white combined with other equine colors such as black, bay, palomino, chestnut, sorrel and various shades of roan. Some horses even display special traits like stars, snips or strips on their coats.
Horses live in herds and need access to a large pasture with access to water at all times. As herbivores, horses consume grasses such as barley hay and alfalfa as well as grains such as alfalfa.
6. Shetland Pony
Shetland Ponies are small in stature but huge on character and strength. Commonly used to pull children’s carts or as pets, Shetlands may even participate in horse shows! With their hardy moorland horses’ ability to thrive off grass hay without needing additional supplements.
Shetland ponies come in every shade imaginable, from solid black to pinto (patches of white with another hue), making them the ideal first pony choice for children. At 28 inches in height and sturdy with thick manes and tails that protect from harsh island climate, Shetlands make an excellent first pony choice.
Few horses can match Arabians when it comes to beauty or endurance, making them truly inspiring horses that have won praise from some of history’s greatest leaders.
Bedouin desert dwellers viewed horses with concave or short faces as having a flaw that might interfere with breathing, due to which desert Bedouins saw them as inferior horses.
Bedouins kept meticulous oral histories on every horse in their flock and over time developed multiple strains of Arabian horses with distinct traits present today in various horse sports and activities. While known for their energetic spirit and fearlessness, they were also highly intelligent creatures.
8. Quarter Pony
Quarter Horses are one of the most widely popular horse breeds in America, often used as rodeo horses due to their strength and intelligence. They excel at western disciplines such as reining or barrel racing and are highly valued.
Ponies make great mounts for children and beginners. Ranging in height from 11.2-14 hands, these horses are known for their calm yet steady temperaments and offer endless hours of entertainment!
Appaloosas are one of the most distinctive horse breeds, featuring leopard-like markings which can vary depending on each horse. Versatile and capable in all western disciplines, Appaloosas also make ideal herding horses that work well with cattle.
The Hackney is an elegant carriage horse breed known for its eye-catching high-stepping trot in harness. They are often seen pulling antique vehicles at shows.
Hackneys can be shown individually, pair-wise, tandem-wise, and four-in hand. They compete in Carriage/Combined Driving Events as well as Sport Horse disciplines like Hunter/Jumper and Dressage. Hackneys come in two varieties; long-tail pony and cob tail pony. Both offer different styles depending on which breeder/trainer prefers them most.
The Belgian is a powerful breed that excels in draft work such as plowing, logging and pulling carriages, hitches and sleighs. Additionally, this horse excels at various recreational equestrian activities including jumping.
After 1866, Belgian horses became increasingly popular in America, although never reaching Percheron popularity levels. Unfortunately, Belgians suffer from Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa; an inherited genetic skin condition which causes newborn foals to shed large areas of skin upon birth.