Breed Profiles

Iberian Peninsula, Iberian horse, horse history, equine history, Lusitano

The Iberian Peninsula of southwest Europe contains the countries of Spain, Portugal, Andorra, and Gibraltar, as well as a very small portion of France. The land’s mountainous slopes, arid plateaus, deep river valleys, and expansive coastline have been home to equines for many millennia. Today, there are 17 breeds native to the peninsula, which are thusly named Iberian horses.

The Norwegian Fjord - A Horse for All Ages

By Melanie Huggett - The Norwegian Fjord is considered one of the oldest pure breeds of horse. While they bear a striking resemblance to the Asiatic wild horse or Przewalski horse, they are in fact more closely related to the European wild horse, the Tarpan, as the Przewalski horse has 66 chromosomes while both the Fjord and the Tarpan have 64.

By Melanie Huggett - Practically everyone has heard of the Quarter Horse. The most populous breed worldwide, as of 2008 there were 3,189,605 Quarter Horses registered with the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), making it the largest breed registry in the world.

By Melanie Huggett - Descending from prehistoric Celtic ponies, the native Welsh Mountain Pony has existed in a recognizable form since around 1600 BC. These early ponies adapted to the unforgiving terrain, sparse feed, and inclement weather, creating a hardy, agile, and intelligent animal.

The Icelandic Horse

By Melanie Huggett - The Icelandic horse is much like its homeland: rugged and wild looking. Over 80,000 of the small, sturdy horses dot the valleys and hillsides of Iceland, where they have lived, mostly undisturbed, since they first arrived with the Vikings more than 1000 years ago.

Stylish Saddlebred

By Melanie Huggett - The American Saddlebred is the quintessential show horse. Proud and athletic, they light up any space with their presence and eye-catching looks. But the Saddlebred is also much more than a show horse. For 200 years, the breed has been a great riding horse, cavalry horse, and family companion.

Pacific Association Andalusian Lusitano Horse, PAALH, Bunny Caton Alberta Andalusians, Zorro del Bosque, Keilan Ranch, Canadian National Andalusian Show and Fiesta, CNASF

To look at an Andalusian, it is not hard to see why they are nicknamed the “Horse of Kings.” An elegant appearance and impressive movement make the Andalusian difficult to ignore. Praised by man for millennia, this ancient breed has long been thought to be the ideal riding companion.

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