Horses From Around The World

herd-of-horses-on-a-summer-pastureFor our horse loving readers, we’ve gathered information on the distinctive qualities of some of the best horse breeds from around the world. We have explored their lineages and associations with different cultures. Read on!

#1 The Arabian horse

Dished facial traits, high tail carriage and proud craning necks are the characteristic features that distinguish Arabian horses from other breeds. Being raised in the deserts of Arabia for over 4500 years by Arab Bedouins who used them in war for raiding, Arabian horses are high-spirited and agile. They develop a strong relationship with their masters.

Arabian horses have hardened physical features because of their ability to survive in harsh desert climate, but they are also good natured, quick learners and demonstrate willingness to please their masters. For centuries, Arabian horses have been traded all over the world and crossed with other breeds; hence in almost all modern horses Arabian bloodlines may be found.

#2 Akhal-Teke

Perhaps the most beautiful horse in the world, the Akhal-Teke hails from Turkmenistan where its symbol is depicted in the national emblem. They have a distinctive glossy coat that shines like metal and is the reason why they bear the nicknames of ‘Golden horses’. Akhal-Teke are rare, found in Russia, Central Asia and few countries of Europe and North America. They were originally bred by Turkmen tribes for use in war.

Due to their mother-of-pearl sheen, Akhal-Teke are used in dressage and ceremonial processions. Their athletic physique also makes them good sport horse.

#3 Andalusian Horse

The Lipizzaner, Neopolitan, Groningen and Kladruber are some of the races that form the bigger Andalusian Horse family. They are native to the Iberian Peninsula, but were raised by royal dynasties throughout medieval Europe and owned by nobleman who rode them as a symbol of power and wealth. They are prized for their compact bodies and strong musculature, and have thick manes.

Genetic studies tell that the Andalusian have undergone very little change in their bone structure and have been a recognized breed for thousands of years. Historically, they have been known for showing valor in the battlefield and used as a military horse. They are used in mounted bull-fighting and represent Spain in various equestrian sports and in Olympics. The Lipizzaner horses are taught to perform dancing stunts in horse fairs and exhibitions in Spain.

#4 The Marwari

The Marwari horse is native to Indian princely state of Jodhpur whose rulers, the Rathore family, borne the title for upbringing this hardy and loyal breed of horses. Inward turning ears and an ambling gait are the characteristic features of these horses, whose robust structure make them useful in agricultural work and as a draft horse for carrying loads.

They have slender legs and small hooves which give them their characteristic ambling gait locally called as ‘rehwal’. The people of Marwar region used it as a cavalry horse because of its bravery on the battlefield. The Marwari horses descended from the cross between native Indian mounts and Arab stallions.

#5 The Mustang

Mustangs are descended from the Spanish horses brought by Europeans settlers who had arrived in the U.S. in the 16th century. These horses freely roam the rough countryside in Western states of America with significant populations in Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Oregon and

They are cared for by the Bureau of Land Management and protected under the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act, 1971.

The Mustangs are sure-footed with dense and round hooves, and have the ability to navigate rough terrains. The United States Cavalry used Mustangs in the World War II and are still maintained by 1st Cavalry division of Army for ceremonial purposes.

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