Horse Breed Guide

Discover horse breeds from around the world, including fun horse facts. Find out which horse is right for you!


Friesian Horse Breed Profile

July 17, 2018
Can you recognize a Friesian horse? This horse breed stands out with its shiny black coat and long, thick mane and tail. Equitrekking interviews Elizabeth Sharp, president of the Friesian Horse Association of North America (FHANA), to learn more about these graceful and striking horses. All photos credited to Megan… Read more »

The Gypsy Vanner Horse Profile

August 28, 2017
Beautiful and magical! Is the Gypsy Vanner the horse of your dreams? by Raina Paucar Can you recognize the distinctive Gypsy Vanner horse? You may have seen these beautiful horses in a variety of equestrian pursuits, including driving, English and western riding, jumping, dressage, pleasure and trail. Equitrekking interviews Dennis… Read more »

The Akhal-Teke Horse Breed

August 24, 2017
Elegant, exotic and rare, this horse's sleek, athletic body is often compared to a cheetah or greyhound. Learn about the Akhal-Teke horse breed, made sensible and sensitive through a history selective breeding. Is this the right horse breed for you?  We interviewed Terri Fender of the Akhal-Teke Association of America… Read more »

The Missouri Fox Trotter Breed Profile

July 10, 2013
The breed with an easy-going flat foot walk, smooth "fox" trot and a relaxed, free-flowing canter. Did you know the Missouri Fox Trotter has three natural gaits and no special shoeing or training is required? This breed is known for the comfort it affords its rider. Equitrekking interviews Joyce Graening,… Read more »

The Kyrgyz horse: breed or type?

July 7, 2013
Can the Kyrgyz horse seen today realistically be called a breed? Stephanie V. Sears travels throughout the mountainous Central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan to investigate the history and more recent transformation of Kyrgyz horses.   Central Asia–– horse land In 2004, north of Kazakhstan, I caught sight, from the Trans-Siberian Railway,… Read more »

The American Bashkir Curly Horse Breed Profile

June 10, 2013
Horse lovers with allergies... take heart! We've found a horse for you. Distinctive for its curly coat, the American Bashkir Curly Horse is hypoallergenic for most people. Used in competitive and classical dressage, hunter, jumper, eventing, combined driving, and in the western disciplines of barrels, reining, gymkhana, and Western pleasure, these are… Read more »

The Florida Cracker Horse

March 5, 2013
Learn about the Florida Cracker Horse, Florida State's Heritage Horse and an undiscovered jewel. by Karen Prell Since this year of 2013 marks the 500th birthday of the naming of the state of Florida by the Spanish explorers who landed here, I thought I appropriate to introduce you all to a… Read more »

Holsteiner Horse Breed Profile

February 2, 2013
Learn about the Holsteiner horse breed, which originated over 700 years ago in northern Germany, in Equitrekking's guide to horses around the world.  One of the great German Sporting horses, the Holsteiner horse has a history of courage, agility, strength, and reliability making modern Holsteiners great for jumping, dressage, driving… Read more »

The Andalusian and Lusitano Breed Profile

December 12, 2012
"For ages, Andalusians and Lusitanos have been prized for their athleticism, intelligence and beauty." by Raina Paucar  You may have spotted these horses in famous works of art or present day Hollywood films, including The Lord of the Rings and Braveheart. Their beauty, intelligence and strength has been an inspiration throughout… Read more »

Palomino Horse Profile

October 16, 2012
Known as "the smartest horse in movies," the super mount of Hollywood's Roy Rogers was a Palomino horse. In the 1960's, Mr. Ed, a Palomino, had his own TV show!  Equitrekking interviews Melonie Furnish, President of The Palomino Horse Breeders Association to learn more about the horse with the golden coat... the Palomino… Read more »