Top 10 Most Famous Horse Breeds
All over the world, there hundreds of different horse breeds. However, among these breeds, there are those we can classify as the most famous breeds. Although, various appearances and characteristics are known to us, there are those which really stand out. Here are the Top 10 most famous horse breeds around the globe.
This breed of horse is known for its action and versatility, a draft horse breed originated in Clydesdale, Scotland. It's bred to carry heavy loads in rural and urban places. However, they are less good in plowing for they are big enough big to fit in the furrow. Its average height is about 1.68 m (16.2 hh), but some are larger and weigh up to a tonne. They have distinct large hoofs with many silky feathers. Clydesdales are also used in competitive draft horse showing in which they are judged in harness driving.
2.) ARABIAN HORSE
This horse breed is regarded as the "fountainhead" of the world's breeds. Because of its genetic purity, it is remarkably genetically dominant, consistently stamping its stock with its own powerful character and acting as an up-grading and refining influence.
This horse breed evolved in 17th-and 18th-century England to satisfy the enthusiasm of the gentry and their kings for horse racing. Over the last 200 years a worldwide Thoroughbred racing industry has grown up, and the breed has emerged as the greatest single influence on the world horse population, passing on increased size, improved movement and conformation, as well as speed, courage, and mental stamina.
4.) AMERICAN QUARTER
This horse breed was first bred very early in the 17th century, in Virginia and the other settlements on the US East Coast. A highly distinctive horse, it is the oldest all-American breed. In working these horses were used for many purposes, including work on the farm; rounding up cattle; hauling goods and lumber; drawing the carriage on Sundays; and being ridden. They were also frugal horses, demanding little in the way of food. The power and muscular conformation of the Quarter Horse were ideally suited to this form of racing.
5.) AMERICAN PAINT
This horse breed is a specific type of stock-horse. Paint horses are characterized by a certain percentage of white hair over no pigment skin combined with some other color. Markings can be any shape or size, and located virtually anywhere on the Paint's body.
This is a horse breed which was developed by the Nez Perce Indians in the mid-18th century from the horses that were introduced by the Spanish conquistadores. The modern Appaloosa usually stands at 1.47-1.57 m (14.2-15.2 hh). There are five principal coat patterns that are recognized in the Appaloosa, namely: Leopard, Snowflake, Blanket, Marbleized and Frost.
7.) GYPSY VANNER
This horse breed is believed to have originated in UK and Ireland. This is also known as Irish cob in Ireland or "Tinker Horse" and Gypsy vanner in USA. This fairly large cob measures between 14 and 17 hands and two colors in common, the piebald and skewbald. Typical gypsy vanner has abundant hairs and "feather" down over the hooves. They have short backs with heavy hips and have great endurance to be able to go long distances without tiring.
8.) SHETLAND PONY
The smallest of all the British horse breeds averaging only 1.02 m (40 in). They originate in the Shetland Isles, northeast of mainland Scotland. Shetlands are hardy and strong. Before, they were use to pull carts, carry peat, coal and other items. Today, children enjoy riding them so are grown men; they are also at horse shows in fairs or carnivals and are great in harness driving. Some are use as attractions in parks and in the grounds of great houses.
9.) SWEDISH WARMBLOOD
It descended from imported horses into Sweden around 17th century and was developed in Stromsholm and Flyinge. Thoroughbred, Hanoverian, and Trakehner breeds were introduced to the small and rough local mares and produced strong, big, and powerful horses. Today these horses are excellent in riding for it has easy straight paces. It is handsome, sound, tractable, and very versatile. They are also great in competitive jumping events and have been exported in large numbers all over Europe and to the US.