The Most Popular Horse Breeds and Types of Horses

There are more than 350 breeds of horses and ponies. From working and racing to casual riding and equestrian competition, each horse has its special qualities. But there are five particular breeds and five general horse categories that stand out and capture the hearts of horse lovers everywhere, thanks to their versatile abilities and good demeanors. Here are 10 of the most popular horses.


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  • 01 of 10 American Quarter HorseTwo American quarter horses standing in a pastureEmbraced by beginners and professional equestrians all around the world, the American quarter horse is famous for its agility, docility, and athleticism. Originally bred from English thoroughbreds and Native American Chickasaw horses during the 1600s, it has the largest breed registry in the world. These horses are shining stars on the trail and in the show ring.
    • Breed Overview
      • HEIGHT: 14 hands (56 inches) to 16 hands (64 inches)
      • WEIGHT: 950 to 1,200 pounds
      • PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Medium-boned; finely chiseled head; wide forehead; flat profile
  • 02 of 10 Arabianwhite Arabian horse runningThe Arabian has the oldest horse breed registry in the world. Its lineage goes as far back as 3000 B.C. In fact, every light horse breed, including Appaloosas, Morgans, and Andalusians, can trace their ancestry back to the Arabian. It can be a rather spirited horse breed, but it’s also loving and loyal.
    • Breed Overview
      • HEIGHT: 14 hands (56 inches) to 16 hands (64 inches)
      • WEIGHT: 800 to 1,000 pounds
      • PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Lithe, compact body; wedge-shaped head; short back with sloping shoulders and powerful hindquarters

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