Horse Breed

The Cleveland Bay

The Cleveland Bay was developed in Yorkshire, England by crossing native horses with some additions of Galloway, Andalusian and possibly Arabian blood. Horses were selected for strength, speed, soundness and stamina, the qualities needed for performance in long distance transport, farm work, and riding over rough terrain. The Cleveland Bay existed in his modern form by 1800, with the breed ...

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Pretty Prinzuet

Charming film clip by Krizelda Carelse of Krizelda Carelse Photography featuring the lovely mare, Ebisu Prinzuet

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Appaloosas of Africa

South African Appaloosas have been gaining popularity further afield into Africa. Top SA breeder, George Contos of Kondos Appaloosa Stud, recently had the opportunity to visit several new breeding programmes in southern Africa. He shared his experience with HQ. New beginnings Luyts Appaloosa Stud, owned by a married team, Peter and Carla Luyt, was founded in 2006. The farm is ...

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Crabbet explained

You may have heard the term ‘Crabbet’ applied to Arabian horses, but do you know exactly what it means? Many breeders will say that they have a Crabbet Arabian mare or stallion when in reality the animal in question has little or no Crabbet blood. Origins Without entering into a protracted history of the Crabbet Arabian, Crabbet began as a ...

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The Noriker

The Noriker is a medium-sized heavy draught horse with a large head set on a short, muscular neck. A fairly heavyset horse, typically standing 16 to 16.2hh (they can be as small as 15.1hh), the breed originated in the Austrian foothills over 2,000 years ago

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The Akhal-Teke

Descended from the ancient Turkmenian horse found in the southern region of the modern country of Turkmenistan, the Akhal-Teke was a favoured cavalry mount and racehorse for 3,000 years before facing a survival challenge following the Russian occupation of Turkmenistan in 1917 – at its lowest point some estimates put figures at just 1,250. Thanks to global breeding programmes numbers ...

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10 Cool things about the Gypsy Cob!

If you love a lot of flash and plenty of colour then the showy Gypsy Cob may be the horse for you! Here are 10 cool things you may not know about the breed. What’s in a name? The Gypsy Cob is also known as the Gypsy Horse, Gypsy Vanner, Irish Cob and Tinker Horse because he was bred by the ...

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Breed profile: The Appaloosa

The modern Appaloosa has gained tremendous popularity, but not only thanks to the breed’s spectacular colours. Appaloosas are also known to have great stamina and versatility. They excel in the Western disciplines, and are successfully used in endurance racing, showing, dressage, polo, trail rides and ranch work. They are reliable family horses and are prized for their easy-going temperament. HQ asked ...

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10 Cool things about Friesians

  Painted black To be registered, the Friesian must be black with no white markings. Minimal white hairs may be present on the forehand but are considered undesirable. Rarely, chestnuts are born. This only ever happens where both the parents are carriers of the recessive chestnut gene. A knight’s tale The Friesian’s ancestors were called destriers and carried medieval knights into battle. ...

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