Horse Breed Series: Palomino

Horse Breed Series: Palomino

The palomino is unlike most other breeds of horse, in that it isn’t really a breed at all.  Instead, it’s a very specific colour brought about by a single so-called ‘dilution’ gene.  Genes of this sort act in conjunction with others in order to produce a lighter (or more diluted) coat colour.  In this case, the gene produces a ‘cream’ colour, which in conjunction with a red base coat produces the distinctive golden Palomino coat.

In this article, we’ll examine this variety of horse in greater detail, and see how it came to be, and where it might find use in the modern world. Read more

Horse Breed Series: Andalusian

Horse Breed Series: Andalusian

Horses have been working in close-cooperation with humans for many thousands of years. They’re an animal that’s capable of tremendous diversity, coming in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and temperaments. Over the years, breeders have developed many different sorts of horse to cater for the needs of their owners and riders. Some of these breeds have been developed only very recently, while others have been around since before history could make any note of them.

The Andalusian is an example of the latter sort – it’s an ancient breed that has stood the test of time, and though it’s considered a rare breed, it remains popular with breeders across the world. In this article, we’ll examine the origins of this breed, and see what role it might play as part of your stable. Read more

Horse Breed Series: American Saddlebred

Horse Breed Series: American Saddlebred

The horse is an animal which has played a crucial role in human history. It’s carried the biggest names in history, from Julius Caesar to Ghengis Khan – and it’s made possible all of the agricultural, transport and hunting work that their respective civilisations were built upon.

America is a country which has only been around for just over two centuries. But during that period, this global superpower has had a profound influence on the horse. Many different breeds have come to be in the states – and the American Saddlebred is one of them. This distinctive animal came to be during the American Revolution, and since then has become a mainstay in American stables.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at this breed – and find out just how it came to be, and how it might fit into your stable. Read more

Horse Breed Series: Gypsy Vanner

Horse Breed Series: Gypsy Vanner

The Gypsy Vanner is quite an unusual breed of horse. Like many of its cousins, it came to be in order to serve a distinct purpose. But unlike other horses, it’s been heavily shaped by the practical requirements and aesthetic tastes of a specific culture – one which often finds itself at odds with the mainstream.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the Gypsy Vanner, and see exactly how this unique breed has been shaped – and what makes it so interesting. Read more

Horse Breed Series: Morgan

Horse Breed Series: Morgan

Horses have been around for centuries. The ancient Greeks, Romans, and Persians used them for everything from warfare to agriculture – and so too did peoples from the more remote past. The United States of America, by contrast, has only been around for a couple of centuries – and the horse has played a crucial role in the development of that country, too.

In order to meet the demands of the new world, American horse breeders have had to come up with new sorts of animal. Among these is the Morgan  Horse, a breed favoured for a variety of purposes throughout American history – from pulling the coaches of 19 th century aristocrats to carrying civil war cavalrymen into battle. They’ve also provided the basis for other famous American breeds, like the Quarter Horse.

In this article, we’ll examine this famous breed in greater detail. Let’s begin, shall we? Read more

Horse Breeds Series: Shetland Pony

Horse Breeds Series: Shetland Pony

If you were to ask most people to name a breed of miniature horse, the first to spring to mind would probably be the Shetland Pony. This diminutive animal has achieved widespread fame thanks to its famously stumpy frame, and for its intelligence and friendliness – particularly with children.

History

Like the overwhelming majority of animal breeds, the Shetland pony takes its name from its birthplace: the Shetland Isles, off the coast of Scotland. Being set in such a remote backdrop, the details of the Shetland’s origin story are scarce. What we do know from archaeological discoveries is that small horses were present on the islands since the Bronze Age. Since then, the islands have seen plenty of action (at least, relatively speaking). Norse invaders brought with them their own horses, and these were cross-bred with the natives, and so too did Celts centuries prior. Read more

Horse Breeds Series: Clydesdale

Horse Breeds Series: Clydesdale

When most people think of a draught horse, the mental image they most often conjure is that of a Clydesdale. With its enormous, powerful body and distinctive white markings around the legs, it’s a breed that’s found particular fame in the United States selling Budweiser beer – though it first came to be, as its name would suggest, on this side of the Atlantic.

Let’s examine this most distinctive of breeds in closer detail, and see how it might fit into your stable! Read more

Horse Breeds Series: Marwari Horse

Horse Breeds Series: Marwari Horse

The Marwari Horse is a breed that is native to the Marwari region of India and it is known for its upturned ears and its hardiness. It is descended from native ponies in India and it comes in almost every colour. This horse was originally used for war as a cavalry horse and later was used for hauling and light draft work.

This is a rare breed and it is difficult to get due to strict guidelines on exportation. However, since the early 2000s this breed has become available in small quantities. One of the most distinctive qualities of the horse is the unique lyre-shaped ears, which curve inwards towards each other and meet at the tips. They can be turned 180 degrees and they provide the horse with sharp hearing. Read more

Horse Breeds Series: Belgian Draft

Horse Breeds Series: Belgian Draft

Belgian Draft Horses are huge animals that were bred for hard and heavy tasks such as ploughing fields and pulling heavy loads. However, they are gentle giants and they are known for their calm and quiet temperament.

The heavy horse breed can weigh 725kg or more but they are very sweet tempered and they have a natural curiosity and willingness to learn. Because of their large size, they will need a very large stall if you keep your Belgian Draft Horse inside. They will need more room than other horses and they will need to be turned out into a paddock daily. Read more

Horse Breeds Series: American Paint

Horse Breeds Series: American Paint

The American Paint is an interesting combination – a mix between the colouring of a pinto and the characteristics of a western stock horse. It is one of the most popular horse breeds in North America and it is known for its signature colour pattern. It is well loved by ranchers, show jumpers and riding schools. It is a favourite breed because of its markings, but it is also loved for its intelligence, good nature and ability to perform. Read more