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Everything You Need To Know About Horse Breeds

A horse is an odd-toed ungulate mammal. It belongs to Equidae family of Animalia Kingdom. Its scientific name is Equus ferus caballus. These are herbivorous in nature.

The structure of horses allows them to run off from the predators. They have a strong sense of balance and are responsive in case of fight or flight. A horse can sleep while standing as well as while lying down.

The horse breeds are mainly divided into three groups on the basis of their nature:

· HOT BLOODS: These run at a very high rate and have a great stamina and energy. Example: racehorses.

·         COLD Blood: These are the draft or workhorses which are used for heavy work. Example: ponies.

·         WARM BLOODS: These are a mixture of hot blood and cold blood. Example: riding horses.

There is more than 300 breed of horses in the world which is used for different purposes and is available in all shapes, colors, and sizes. Some of the most popular horse breeds are listed below:

§  ARABIAN HORSE: The most admired horse breed is the Arabian horse which is the native of the Arabian Peninsula. It is one of the oldest horse breeds and is the most favorite among horse lovers. It can be easily identified because of its head shape and high, proud tail carriage. It has great survival tendency.

§  QUARTER HORSE: Quarter horse is the most popular among horse breeds. It is found in America. This American horse is known as the fastest running horse over short distances. It is used for riding, racing, barrel racing, and roping.

§  THOROUGHBRED:  This horse breed developed in England in the 17th and 18th century and it is famous as a good racing horse. Thoroughbred is known for its strength and courage and its affection and sensitivity. These are excellent sport horses and are also used for hunting.

§  TENNESSEE WALKER: It was developed in the 18th century in the Southern United States for use on the plantation farms. It is a gaited breed of horse which means it has a smooth walk and is comfortable over long distances. These are used in many horse show events.

§  MORGAN:  It is one of the oldest horse breed developed in the United States and it is small in physique but it is compassionate in nature. It is used as a riding horse nowadays.

§  PAINT:  It is an American true breed horse because of its distinctive characteristics and is used as pleasure mounts.

§  APPALOOSA: Appaloosas are big in stature and hard-footed. It was developed in the Northwest Province by the Nez Perce Native American tribe. They are mainly known for their colourful spotted coat pattern.

§  MINIATURE HORSE: These are the extremely small horse breeds developed in Europe in 1600s. Earlier, they were kept as pets but nowadays these are used as service horses.

The standardbred horse breeds are used for many purposes. But once they get retired, they are used in horse show events or pleasure mounts.

Thus, these are the some of the most popular and awesome horse breeds around the world

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