Top 10 Most Amazing Horse Breeds
Horses are a gift from nature that day by day have surprised man with his company, loyalty and majesty. Of course, some of them stand out in beauty, so in this list you will see 10 of the most beautiful horse breeds registered in the equestrian world.
“And Allah took a handful of southerly wind, blew his breath over it, and created the horse” – Bedouin Horse Legend
The Mustang is referred as a wild American horse. But the truth is that they’re feral horses, that is to say, at present they live in wild but have domestic ancestors. In fact, they first descended from horses brought to the Americas by the Spanish. Moreover, Mustangs have been very appreciated for being endowed with a great strength.
The Pintabian horse is an American horse breed that comes from the Arabian horse. In fact, they are the result of backcrossing Tobiano horses to purebred Arabians. Therefore, they have a spotted color pattern and a very docile character.
The Appaloosa is one of the most beautiful American horse breeds. These horses are known for their colorful spotted coat pattern similar to a leopard. Besides, they’re used in disciplines such as show jumping and fox hunting or even in Western movies as El Dorado, where John Wayne rides a horse named “Zip Cochise”.
7. Icelandic horse
The Icelandic horse is a horse breed originally from Iceland. These horses are small and look like ponies, but they’re also very hardy and suffer from few diseases. In Iceland it’s used for traditional sheepherding work, for leisure, showing, and racing.
6. Norwegian Fjord horse
The Fjord horse is a horse breed native to the mountainous regions of western Norway. It’s a small, strong and versatile horse that has been used in the Norwegian farmer industry for hundreds of years. It’s also one of the oldest and purest breeds in the world due its crossbreeding has been banned since 1907. Besides, the Fjord is a family horse special for children, and favorite for therapeutic schools and Norwegian riding.
5. Gypsy horse
The gypsy horse is a breed of domestic horse from Ireland. They were the result of selective breeding over more than 100 years by the gypsy families of Ireland and England in order to create a horse sufficiently docile that worked all day with small amounts of food and water. They are characterized because their fur doesn’t have a single color, but it’s usually blagdon (solid color with white belly splashes), piebalds (black and white pinto), and skewbalds (brown and white chicks).
4. Andalusian horse
Also known as the Pure Spanish Horse, it’s a horse breed native to Andalusia and recognized as one of the oldest in the world for its existence since the 15th century. It has been a horse very used in horse riding, wars and prized by the nobility due its large size and elegance. This breed has also been very popular in movies, and has been present in such fantasy epics as Braveheart, The Lord of the Ring, King Arthur and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
3. Friesian horse
The Friesian is very popular for its beautiful abundant mane. This is a horse breed originating in Friesland, in the Netherlands. It’s also characterized by its good character and docility. It was used like war horse by the Germans and has been employed in the circus due its black coat and its majesty; although these horses aren’t always black, they are occasionally chestnut. Besides, a curious fact is that the Zorro’s horse in The Mask of Zorro is a Friesian.
The Akhal-Teke is one of the most popular horse breeds from Turkmenistan. These horses are characterized by their beautiful and shiny coat, reason why they are also known as “Horses of Gold”. But the bad part is that they have several genetic diseases; however, due to their natural athleticism they can be sport horses, good at dressage, show jumping and racing.
1. Arabian horse
The Arab horse is one of the most recognizable horse breeds in the world. It originates in the Arabian Peninsula and there is evidence of its existence since 4,500 years ago. They are characterized by their intelligence, their closeness to the human being and their resistance. They are also trustworthy and enjoyable, which is why they are frequently chosen for therapeutic riding, exhibition, dressage, cutting and show jumping.