My Favorite Four Horse Breeds

I won’t start with any complicated statements with complex words, just a simple, I love horses; whatever color, whatever breed. But I do have my own preferences sometimes. Over the time I’ve had a good research over horse breeds and made my own lists of the ones I like a lot and the ones I don’t like equally much (I obviously don’t dis-like any breed)!

So here, in this post, I’ll introduce the first four breeds of my list. Hope you enjoy them equally much!

1. Shire Horses

These aren’t very snappy. They were used by farmers in England for farming purposes initially. That’s what they were bred for. Now, however, I don’t think they’re widely used for the same purpose. Very cool tempered, very elegant!

And, they’re huge, which I personally find fascinating.

A few facts about the shire breed:

  • average height 17 hands high could be more.

2. Andalusian Horses

These, again, are huge.

A few facts about the Andalusian Breed:

  • Distinguishing feature(s): Strongly built, compact, elegant, thick mane and tail
  • Alternative names: include Spanish Horse and Pura Raza Española
  • Country of origin: Spain, Iberian Peninsula

3. Arabian Horse

Tall, fast, hot-tempered, graceful and brave! What more can we ask for!

Sharing some interesting points I found over the internet about them:

  • One legend says that the prophet Muhammad selected his five finest mares (female horses), called Al Khamsa (“the five”) to be the foundation of the Arabian breed. 
  • In real history, Arabians are one of the oldest human-developed horse breeds in the world. Pictures of “Proto-Arabian” horses that looked a lot like modern Arabian horses were painted on rocks in the Arabian Peninsula as far back as 2,500 B.C.

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A few facts about the Arabian Breed:

  • Distinguishing features: Finely chiseled bone structure, concave profile, arched neck, comparatively level croup, high-carried tail.
  • Country of origin: Developed in the Middle East, most notably Arabian peninsula.

4. Akhal-Teke Horses 

I won’t say anything about this breed and instead would let the pictures speak for themselves.

It’s also known as the most beautiful of all the breeds primarily because of the distinctive metallic sheen of the coat.

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A few facts about the Akhal-Teke Breed:

  • Type: Purebred
  • Colours: Exclusively Bay, Dun, Chestnut, Black, Gray
  • Height: 150 – 160 cm
  • Derivation and Breeding: Turkmenistan

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13 thoughts on “My Favorite Four Horse Breeds

      1. Only pics I have up right now are at my horse blog, on the Soul Horse Ride page.

        http://soulhorseride.wordpress.com/soul-horse-rides-2/

        Will put up more later. Fae is the half-Shire, Laddie her colt, bred back to an Arab.

        Laddie just shed out and is turning 5 this summer, looking BEAUTIFUL! He kind of went through an ugly duckling stage and is finally growing into himself. He’s a keeper! Smart, strong, big mover, and he has endurance. Great combo!

        His full sister, Aria, (turning 6) mother of my 4th generation filly (turning 1 in August) is more refined and looks more Morgan. (No pics of them up at this time)

        These Draft-cross horses are slow to mature. It took Fae ’til age 9 before she really came into herself. But I like to take time like that, putting a little foundation on, then turning them out to grow. Weaving the training process. Ponying OFF LEAD in the forest to develop lungs, tissue, stamina. It’s a gas!

        I’m told it takes a Draft ’til age 6 for their growth plate in the pelvis to close — light horses age 4. Have to take your time or you can ruin them. But, like most good things in life, well worth the wait 🙂

        btw — Do you know the name of the grey Arab stallion in halter stance photo? Photo very similar to younger pic of my herd stallion’s sire, *Sasaki, Spanish bred Arabian.

        Thanks for your post and your interest in these amazing horses!

    1. I’m so sorry for the late reply, was away for a while! 🙂
      Anyway, your horses are BEAUTIFUL! So graceful, so strong! You must be a happy person eh? ;D
      I love the picture in the header, which horse is that? And what breed does it belong to?
      You’re so right, the best things in life often come after a little wait! We’ll probably mate our female horse this year, around the winters hopefully. I wanted to breed it with a pure white horse but we don’t have any around, kinda makes me feel not so good! :-/
      Aha! Sasaki sounds soo cool! Arabians are always amazing to look at!
      I LOVE your horses and hope to look at more of them in the future! Moreover, I’d love to see them in real life but that doesn’t seem too possible! :p
      My female horse is nowhere like yours, to be honest, I don’t even know what breed it is (if it belongs to one, that is! :P) but I do love her! She’s adorable! Will probably post more photos of in about a month or two!
      Hope to keep hearing more from you about your amazing horses in the future too!
      Regards

      1. Ah — I travel with my work and am away a couple weeks at a time. Makes blog posting stammer in starts and fits . . .

        Thank you for your kind words. The horse in the banner is a quarter horse I rode on a trail ride on Molokai, Hawaii. I had my camera with me that day and got several wonderful shots, especially with the tropical lighting.

        The best thing I can suggest in breeding is to find the highest quality stallion you can for your mare. Not just looks, but moreover, temperament — the most inheritable trait. Also health, soundness, longevity, movement.

        The goal is to improve what you have. I’ve made a couple bad mistakes. Years ago I bred my wonderful Appy foundation mare to an Appy stud and ended up with a dangerous horse. (The same mare I bred successfully with my Arab and the Shire — in fact all my good horses are descended from her.)

        But this Appy foal had “congenital night blindness” — blind from birth at night and he didn’t see normally in the daytime. I knew he was difficult, I knew he had problems, But I’m a good trainer, right? It took me 8 years to figure this out and finally get a diagnosis! Although he had wonderful movement and loud Appy color, he was unsafe, no matter the training. Because he couldn’t see, and because of his temperament, he’d just BOLT! Not good!

        The trouble with white (grey) horses is they are susceptible to skin problems, eye problems, melanomas (cancers), even temperament issues. Maybe it’s a blessing you don’t have one nearby. I lucked out with my Sasaki baby, as he was a bay.

        I really like mixing Arabian (from good, calm bloodlines, not the crazy-basket-case ones!) in with other breeds. Would an Arabian be suitable to mix with your mare? What kind of riding do you do?

        I’m flying out of town — talk when we both return — DawnSeeker 🙂

      2. 'Teaching' a horse its ways is difficult and with what you just told me, wow, I salute your patience and hard work!
        Appy colored horses are *gorgeous*! You are sort of lucky in that sense, don't you think? 😀

        I've heard that before as well! Well with every pro there's a con I guess! Whites/Grays must be recessive alleles, considering they're so susceptible to diseases!

        Someday I dream to ride a horse galloping free in woods without an end! *Sigh*
        Of course, like I said, we don't even have *proper* breeds here! They're just that, horses! Such a tragedy for a horse-lover like me!

      3. Ayesha,

        Nice to talk with you, too!

        I just got home from working out of town — RODE LADDIE last evening!! Tessy rode Fae and ponied baby Hokuleia along at her side.

        We rode up our valley to the climbing, uphill Snow Gate Road, then up to the single-track winding trail under the low-handing trees. We came out and galloped up the Camp Road — from out of the trees a group of campers cheered us on with hoots and hollers as we flew past, hooves kicking up dust and pebbles in the setting sun.

        Next time I ride I’ll take a special gallop just for you!!! 🙂

        Nice to share horses with a friend on the other side of the world!

        Dawn

      4. Hello Dawn! 🙂
        Wow, I have to say this! You’re lucky to have some awesome horses, someday I might get to ride them too! I wish! 😦 The problem with me is, I often get a really bad back-ache, that makes it impossible for me to ride! But the next time I go to my village, I hope to/wish to/intend to have a ride on my horse, and maybe send you some pictures too! I want to have more horses all the way more now! 😀
        They had to, they were seeing 3 amazing horses right in front of them, if I was there, I’d have fainted with joy! No joke!
        That would feel so so good! Maybe then I’ll feel a little better about not being able to ride very frequently!
        Indeed it is! Interests have no boundaries! 🙂
        Wishes and prayers.

      5. Well put — “wishes and interests have no boundaries!” I really like that!!

        Had the best ride on Aria Monday — took the time to write about her yesterday — Aria, My Pegasus. http://soulhorseride.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/aria-my-pegasus/

        Spectacular!!!! I moved her to Malibu a couple months ago and hadn’t completely explored the ranch there and riding. . .

        I’m in a really good place with my horse herd right now, as Aria and Laddie are turning 6 and 5 and we are finally discovering who they are to ride, love, enjoy and cherish!

        It’s a VERY long-term project, raising horses, and I’m completely hooked with the process. It costs much more, in the long-run, to breed and raise your own.

        But if the bloodlines are good, if you’re patient, if they stay healthy and it all works out, you couldn’t “buy” it.

        Your other-side-of-the-world friend, Dawn

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