Do you love horses? I do, and for those of us who love horses as I do, I will be introducing you to 10 most beautiful horse breeds in the world.
10. Andalusian Horse: This horse is also known as the Pure Spanish Horse; it is a breed from the Iberian Peninsula. It has been recognized as an individual breed since the 15th century; this breed has its influence on almost every horse breed in the world today.
It is no wonder then that this horse is called the “grandfather” of all breeds. Purebred Spanish horse, Iberian Saddle, Castilian, Warhorse, and Peninsular are the other names that are used to refer to this breed. Throughout its history, it has been known for its prowess as a war horse and was prized by the nobility.
9. Arabian Horse: The Arabian or Arab horse is a breed of horse that originated on the Arabian Peninsula with distinctive head shape and high tail carriage. The Arabian is one of the most easily recognizable horse breeds in the world. It is also one of the oldest breeds with archaeological evidence of horses in the Middle East that resemble modern Arabians dating back 4,500 years.
Throughout history, Arabian horses have spread around the world by both war and trade and used to improve other breeds by adding speed, refinement, endurance, and strong bone. Today, Arabian bloodlines are found in almost every modern breed of riding horse.
8. Camarillo White Horse: The Camarillo White Horse breed is noted for the pure white color of its coat. Beneath the pure white coat, this horse has pink skin.
The Camarillo horse is different from the gray horse that is born with a dark coat color that lightens with age and turns white. The Camarillo White Horse is born white and stays white throughout its lifetime.
7. Lipizzan Horse: The Lipizzan is one of the most elegant horse breeds. It has a compact, muscular figure, athletic yet graceful. The breed has been endangered numerous times by warfare including the War of the First Coalition, World War I and World War II.
The rescue of the Lipizzans during World War II by American troops was made famous by the Disney movie Miracle of the White Stallions. Along with the Disney movie, Lipizzans have also starred or played supporting roles in many movies, TV shows, books and other media.
6. Knabstrupper: The Knabstrup or Knabstrupper is a horse breed of Danish origin. It has a big framed, well-balanced body with an elegant, expressive head. The eyes are clear and relaxed and the ears small. The neck is well set and strong.
Knapstrups have sloping shoulders and strong backs. Their limbs are strong, muscular and well defined; similarly, their hooves are well formed and sturdy. They have a light, rhythmic movement. Their overall appearance and movement are full of elegance and grace.
5. Haflinger Horse: The Haflinger is a relatively small, yet a muscular horse breed. Although it stands between 13 and 15 hands high, this horse is not a pony. Haflingers have lean, elegant heads with expressive, lively eyes, fine nostrils, and ears that are in proportion to the head.
A stallion’s head is stronger and more masculine than a female’s which is lighter and more feminine. The chest is broad and deep, and the limbs well defined. The overall appearance of a Haflinger horse is that of an athlete.
4. Black Forest Horse: The Black Forest Horse is a breed that has its origins in the southern part of Germany. The breed gets the name “Black Forest” because these horses are bred in large numbers in the Black Forest area in this part of Germany.
This breed belongs to the category of a draft horse. The Black Forest Horse is a small breed but is very tough by nature and also gained popularity because they are highly fertile creatures.
3. Gypsy Horse: The Irish Cob or Colored Cob also known as the Gypsy Horse or Gypsy Vanner in the United States is a type or breed of domestic horse from the British Isles. It’s a small, solidly-built horse of cob conformation and is often but not always piebald or skewbald.
It is the only broken-colored horse breed of the British Isles. There was no stud-book or breed association for horses of this type until 1996. It is now considered a breed and can be registered with some breed associations. Other names for this breed include Gypsy Cob and Tinker Horse.
2. Friesian Horse: The Friesian is a horse breed originating in Friesland in the Netherlands. Although the confirmation of the breed resembles that of a light draft horse, Friesians are graceful and nimble for their size.
It is believed that during the Middle Ages, ancestors of Friesian horses were in great demand as war horses throughout continental Europe through the early middle ages and high middle ages.
Their size enabled them to carry a knight in armor. Though the breed nearly became extinct on more than one occasion, the modern day Friesian horse is growing in numbers and popularity, used both in harness and under saddle.
1. Akhal Teke: The Akhal-Teke is a horse breed from Turkmenistan where they are a national emblem. They have a reputation for speed, endurance, intelligence, and a distinctive metallic sheen.
The shiny coat of palominos and buckskins led to their nickname “Golden Horses.” These horses are adapted to severe climatic conditions and are thought to be one of the oldest existing horse breeds.