Thanks to its long-standing association with the auto-mobile industry, the word ‘Mustang’ has long been synonymous with raw power. One might therefore suspect that an actual Mustang must be as wild and impractical as is namesake – and reserved only for thrill seekers with the equestrian nous to handle it. Is this breed anywhere near as rambunctious as its legacy in pistons and cylinders might suggest? Let’s find out. Read more
The Appaloosa is among the most visually distinctive of all horses. They’re known for having moulting skin around the eyes and muscle, and for having white sclera – unlike other horses, whose entire visible eyeball is coloured. It’s this visual distinctiveness for which they’re so highly-prized; they’re a recurring feature in silver-screen westerns, being descended from Native American animals.
Let’s examine this fascinating breed more closely, and see what they’re like to own. Read more
The Friesian is a variety of horse which came to be in the Netherlands during the Middle Ages. It’s an exceptionally large and powerful animal, but it’s also an exceptionally agile one, too – and it’s this versatility that makes it so enormously popular. In this article, we’ll investigate this breed – and see whether it might appeal to you, too. Read more
The Percheron is among the most well-known and well-loved breed of French horse in the world. They’ve been used extensively to make improvements to other forms of draft horse, and just a hundred years ago were used extensively across the world. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at this much-loved animal, and examine just how it came to achieve its popularity. Read more
The Shire horse is an animal which revolutionised agriculture in 17th century England. It’s among the largest of all breeds, capable of pulling weights which other horses could barely budge. If you were to form a mental image of a big, strong horse heaving a heavy plough across a frost-encrusted moor, steam billowing from its massive nostrils all the while, then the chances are that you’re thinking of a shire horse. The breed is a cultural icon, and it’s still found on farms today. In this article, we’ll more closely examine this magnificent animal. Read more
The Arabian horse is the stuff of legend – quite literally. The breed is so ancient that its origin has been the subject of many myths from the Abrahamic tradition; King Solomon, Ishmael and Muhammed have all been said to have ridden an Arabian horse at one point or other.
One story tells of the prophet of Islam travelling through a desert, and coming upon an oasis. He allowed his herd of horses to go and drink, and then called them all back. The majority were too thirsty to listen, and ignored him, but five mares turned and came back. These five were called Al Kamsa, and legend tells that every Arabian horse since is descended from them.
But does the legend match up to the reality? Let’s take a look at this extraordinary animal, and see if we can find out. Read more
If you were to form a mental image of a horse, then the chances are the one you’d think of would be a thoroughbred. They’re among the world’s most popular breeds – so much so that the term ‘Thoroughbred’ has become almost synonymous with the idea of the purebred horse. If you’ve ever tuned in to the Grand National, then you’ll be familiar with the Thoroughbred.
Let’s take a closer look at this most recognisable of breeds! Read more
With over five million animals registered worldwide, the American Quarter Horse is the most popular breed in the states. The breed is enormously flexible, and suited to a wide range of applications, both on and off the farm. And it’s this quality that makes it so tremendously popular; it’s happy to work and graze alongside cattle and other livestock, and it’s capable of a wide variety of pursuits – but it’s most famous application is in the centre of the iconic western Rodeo. Read more