Breeds of Horses

Brief description of the popular horse and pony breeds found in the UK

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American Paint

The American Paint Horse is a breed developed from a base of spotted horses with Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred bloodlines. Valued for their temperament, versatility and athletic ability. Conformational characteristics of a western stock horse with a pinto spotting pattern of white and dark coat colours.

Andalusian (1)

Pure Spanish Horse or PRE (Pura Raza EspaƱola) as the Andalusian is correctly know is best known for it's dressage skills and film work but can make an excellent all rounder as they are a very intelligent and sensitive breed. Usually grey but any solid colour allowed. Height from 15hh up. A very proud, noble horse.

Arab (1)

The Arabian horse is considered to be the oldest breed in the world. Arab horses are famous for their stamina and endurance. Height ranges from 14hh to 15.3hh in chestnut, bay, grey, black and roan with a dished faced and broad forehead. A hot sensitive breed.

Ardennes

Ardennes horses are heavy boned and strong with thick legs. The Ardennes horse is suitable for draft work. Height ranges from 15hh to 16hh in bay, roan or chestnut. Surprising fast and nimble with tremendous stamina for a heavy horse.

Black Forest

Black Forest horses are a very rare breed genetically related to the Haflinger. Strong, sensible horses.

Boulonnais (2)

Boulonnais horses are a draft horse bred known for their large but elegant appearance and they are usually grey.

Breton

A draught breed from Brittany, often chestnut and strong and muscular, 15.1hh to 16hh.

Camargue

Camargue ponies are a grey horse breed, native to the Camargue area of France. They are traditionally used for cattle work

Caspian

Caspian ponies come originally from Northern Iran, 9hh to 11.2hh, valued for their speed and ability to pull or carry heavy loads

Cleveland bay

The Cleveland Bay emanates from the Cleveland area of North East England. It is Britain's oldest breed of horse, 16hh to 16.2hh.

Clydesdale (2)

The Clydesdale was bred for heavy farm and industrial work. It is mainly now used for showing and pulling the larger carriages. It has a high stepping, showy action, which makes it an elegant heavy horse. They are normally 16hh and over.

Comtois

The Comtois is a French heavy horse that comes in varying shade of chestnut, 14.2hh to 16hh. They have a very kind nature and an ability to learn very quickly.

Connemara (8)

The Connemara pony originates from Ireland. A very versatile pony breed, ridden by children and adults in all activities. Height ranges from 12.2hh to 14.2hh. Known for their good temperament, hardiness and staying power with intelligence, soundness and surefootedness

Dales (2)

The Dales are hardy ponies, predominantly black in colour. A pony with good stamina and all round ability in riding and driving. Height ranges from 14hh to 14.2hh. They have an iron constitution, high courage and great intelligence, combined with a calm temperament.

Dartmoor (3)

The reliable, gentle and calm temperament of the Dartmoor pony make them an ideal children's pony. Height to not exceed 12.2hh with minimal white markings. A very good looking pony, sturdily built yet with quality. Not to be confused with the Dartmoor Hill Pony.

Donkeys and Mules (11)

Donkeys and Mules are versatile animal. Donkeys for children to ride, for driving and showing, light draught work or as a companion animal. Mules are one of the most commonly used working animals in the world, highly prized for their hardiness and docile nature.

Eriskay

Eriskay ponies were crofters ponies and are native ponies of the Western Isles of Scotland. A hardy, versatile, people friendly pony. The Eriskay Pony stands between 12hh and 13.2hh. They are generally grey.

Exmoor

Exmoor ponies are Britain's oldest native breed, 11.2hh to 12.3hh. Pony character, hard & strong with a mealy muzzle and no white markings.

Falabella (3)

The Falabella is a very rare Argentinian breed of miniature horse. The smallest horse breed, standing up to 7hh. Falabella horses can be ridden by very small children. They can also be used for carriage driving and in hand showing.

Fell (8)

Fell ponies truly shine in combined driving. With their small sizing, they are extremely nimble in the cross-country phase. The most common color is black. Height ranges from 12.2hh to 14hh.

Fjord

The Fjord is a Norwegian breed of horse in shades of dun and one of the world's oldest horse breeds. Popular for its generally good temperament and used both as a harness horse and under saddle. 13.1hh to 14.3hh

Friesian (5)

The Friesian is a popular carriage horses and is an accomplished dressage horse. Only black horses can be registered. Height ranges from 14.3hh to 16hh

Gelderlander

The Gelderland is a heavy warmblood horse. They tend to have high stepping action, particularly in trot. They make an excellent riding, driving and competition sports horse. Height ranges from 15hh to 16.2hh.

Hackney (3)

The Hackney pony and horse is an elegant high stepping carriage horse. They are popular for showing and in harness events. Hackneys possess good stamina, and are capable of trotting at high speed for extended periods of time. Height ranges Hackney Pony from 12hh to 14hh. Hackney Horses 14.2hh to 16.2hh.

Haflinger

The Haflinger is an all round horse for riding and driving. They are friendly, uncomplicated and willing. Standing between 13hh and 15hh

Hanoverian (1)

The Hanoverian is a Warmblood horse breed originating in Germany. It is a sports horse excelling at dressage and show jumping

Highland (1)

Highland ponies have a wonderful calm temperament and are easy to manage. Height up to 14.2hh.

Holstein

The Holstein horse originated in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, work and riding. A Warmblood sports horse competing in dressage and jumping.

Icelandic

Long lived and hardy with 2 unique gaits, 13hh to 14hh. Tend to be friendly, docile and easy to handle

Irish Draught (1)

The Irish Draught (ID) possesses a temperament of willingness, intelligence, docility and common sense. This makes them suitable for jumping, eventing, dressage, hunting and driving. Height ranges from 15.1hh to 16.3hh.

Kerry Bog Pony

The Kerry Bog Pony is a mountain and moorland breed of pony that originated in Ireland. 10hh to 12hh. Their low weight-to-height ratio enables them to walk on wet ground.

Knabstrupper

The Knabstrupper, also called Knabstrup horse, is a Danish breed of horse. A carriage horses that is also good at ridden dressage and show jumping

Lipizzaner

The Lipizzaner are compact and muscular, with very powerful hindquarters making them suitable for advnced dressage and carriage driving. Height ranges from 15.1hh to 16.3hh.

Lusitano

The Lusitano excels at classical dressage, as an athletic and talented jumper and a responsive driving horse. Height ranges from 15.1hh to 15.3hh.

Merens

French ride and drive horse, 14.1hh to 15.1hh, black.

Morgan

The Morgan is an American breed they are compact, refined versatile breed, 14.1hh to 16.2hh generally bay, black or chestnut in colour.

New Forest (4)

New Forest ponies are versatile sport and family ponies. They are suitable for children and adults alike. Height up to 14.2hh.

Nonius

Nonius horses are a Hungarian breed, mainly black with little white. One of the heaviest warmblood driving horses, 15.1hh to 16.1hh.

Noriker

A moderately heavy Austrian draught horse breed. The Noriker is a moderately heavy mountain draught horse with a low centre of gravity, sure-footed, and with a good sense of balance. The height at the withers lies between 158 and 163 cm (15.2 and 16.0 hands).

Oldenburg

The Oldenburg is a warmblood horse, an all purpose farm and carriage horse but currently mainly used for dressage and jumping. 16hh to 17.2hh

Percheron (1)

French draught horse usually grey or black. Percheron horses are known for their intelligence and willingness to work. 15.1hh to 18.1hh.

Quarter horse

Quarter horses are an American breed that excels at sprinting short distances. 14hh to 16hh with stock type and the hunter or racing type

Rocky Mountain

The Rocky Mountain Horse is an American horse from Kentucky a pleasure horse, for trail, competitive or endurance riding. 14hh to 16hh

Shetland (46)

The Shetland pony is hardy and resilient, they are very strong for their size. They are suitable as a child's riding pony or for carriage driving. Height up to 11hh.

Shire (5)

The Shire Horse is a draught horse with patientance and calmness. The Shire is used in agriculture, pulling larger carriages and for showing. Height range from 16.1hh to 17.3hh

Silesian warmblood

the Silesian warmblood is the heaviest of the Polish warmbloods from 15.1hh.

Skyrian

The Skyros breed generally stands between 9.1 and 11 hands (92 to 112 cm) high, and may be, bay, dun, brown or black. The small-bodied species of the Skyrian horse is one of the rarest horse breeds in the world.

Spanish Mustang

The Spanish Mustang is an American horse breed descended from Spanish horses brought over by during the early conquest of the Americas. 13.2hh to 15hh

Standardbred (12)

Standardbreds are known for their docile personalities and willing temperaments. They are known for their ability to race in harness at a trot or pace. Height ranges from 14.2hh to 17hh+.

Suffolk Punch

The Suffolk Punch horse is the oldest English breed of working horse, always chestnut in colour. 16.1hh to 17.2hh

Tennessee walking horse

Tennessee walking horse are 14.3hh - 17hh, any colour, known for its unique four-beat running-walk and flashy movement. It is a good riding horse due to its calm disposition, smooth gaits and sure-footedness.

Thoroughbred (15)

The Thoroughbred (TB) is best known as a race horse, the breed is also used for show jumping & combined training due to its athleticism. ROR. Retraining of Racehorses. Many retired, retrained race horses become fine family riding horses, dressage horses and show horses. Height ranges from 15.2hh to 17hh.

Trakehner

Trakehner is a light warmblood breed of horse. The Trakehner typically stands between 15.2 and 17 hands (62 and 68 inches, 157 and 173 cm). They can be any color, with bay, gray, chestnut and black being the most common, though the breed also includes few roan and tobiano pinto horses.

Welsh Section A (30)

The Welsh Section A also known as the Welsh Mountain pony. They make an ideal child's pony or driving pony. Height may not exceed 12hh.

Welsh Section B (8)

The Welsh Section B makes an excellent riding or show pony. Height may not exceed 13.2hh.

Welsh Section C (35)

The Welsh Section C or the Welsh Pony of cob type makes an excellent riding pony, driving pony or trekking pony. Height may not exceed 13.2hh.

Welsh Section D (33)

The Welsh Section D Pony, or Welsh Cob are intelligent, kind, brave and willing. The Welsh Cob is excellent for riding, driving, trekking and as a hunter. Height must be over 13.2hh.

Westfalian