When we think of horses most of us can probably only think of just a few of the most popular breeds. The truth is there are many breeds of horse that live in places all over the world. Some of these horses live in cold climates and so they need a thick coat layer to keep them warm. Others live in hot climates which means that they will need a thinner coat to keep them cool. Wherever these horses are from all of them have one thing in common and that is their beauty.
In this post, we have researched and selected 21 of the beautiful horse breeds around the world. They come in all shapes and sizes some of which don’t even look like a regular horse; but that is one of the things that make them so beautiful.
Not only does each breed have a different look but they also have different personalities and traits. Some horses are skilled at pulling carts, others are fast runner, some are temperamental and a few are even sensitive. So, I hope you enjoy looking at the pictures of these beautiful horses and maybe you will learn a thing or two about them as well.
01. Appaloosa Stallion
The Appaloosa is a beautiful breed of horse known for leopard-spotted coat. The spots are a result of spotting patterns on some recognized base coat color. People who liked to study the spots on animals give the Appaloosa horse special attention. The basic features in the Appaloosa breed are: The colorful spotted coat patterns, the striped hooves, and mottled skin in parts like their muzzle, near their eyes, and hips.
Fun fact: Did you know that the Florida State University mascot team uses a leopard Appaloosa horse in their performances?
02. Andalusian Horse
This breed is also called the Pure Spanish Horse or Pura Raza Espanola. It is a favorite collection and war horse of the European nobility in the olden times. This breed that has the nickname “Horse of Kings” has features that make them different from the other horses. These beautiful horses have a strong build and they have elegant, thick manes and tails.
Fun fact: Did you know that Andalusian horses are very smart and can learn tricks quickly? And a group of Andalusian mares or female horses is called a “cobra of Andalusians”.
03. Gypsy Horse
The Gypsy horse has many other names such as the Colored Cob and Tinker Horse. These beautiful horse breeds originally came from England and Ireland. Some of the features that are seen in Gypsy horses are no color standard meaning they could be any combination of colors, and they often have pinto patterns and “feather” or hair on their lower legs.
Fun fact: Did you know that Gypsies are still used in the British Army Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment as Drum Horses?
04. Marwari Horse
The Marwari breed, also known as Malani, comes from India. They are considered to be a rare kind of horse. The Marwari can be seen in all horse colors. The feature that will tell you that a horse is from this breed is the inward curving tips of the ears.
Fun fact: Did you know that hair whorls or cowlicks grow on Marwaris? If it is on the neck or the fetlocks, it is said to be lucky and if it is under the eyes, they’re not.
05. Dalmatian Horse
The Dalmatian Horse, also called the British Spotted Pony, is a very rare breed that is said to be a new discovery. But actually, these spotted horses have been around far longer than 20,000 years! The most notable feature of this horse breed is their black spots on white coloring. Unlike the Appaloosa where the spotting is limited to one part, the Dalmatian has spots all over.
Fun fact: Did you know that a cave painting in France that was supposed to have been drawn during the Stone Age has Dalmatian horses in it?
The Akhal-teke riding horse breed is also known as the “Golden Horses” because of their shiny, almost metallic coats. They are considered as the world’s most beautiful horses. Other than their metallic sheen, this horse breed is known for their intelligence, speed, and endurance as well as their ability to adapt to almost any weather. They were used before in raids during wartime because of these.
Fun fact: Did you know that Akhal-teke is the national emblem of Turkmenistan?
07. The Fjord Horse
The Fjord horse is a breed that has other names like Fjordling and Fjordhest. They are bred in the mountains of Western Norway. They are all “dun” in color, varying only in five different shades. Dun is a body color that is gold or tan with darker points and markings. These beautiful horses are rather small but are very strong.
Fun fact: Did you know that the coats of arms in the Gloppen and Eid Nordfjord municipalities feature a charge of Fjord horse?
08. The Friesian
The Friesian, also alternately spelled Frisian, is a large horse freed from Friesland in the Netherlands. Although tall and heavy, they are quite nimble and actually very graceful. With a natural tendency to carry its body elegantly, the Friesian has certain features that make it different from other horse breeds. Firstly is that they are black. Second, they have a very strong, muscled body. And they have beautiful and thick mane and tail as well as feather on their lower legs.
Fun fact: Did you know that the Friesians are known to be the Netherlands’ warhorses and are sometimes called the Belgian Black?
09. The Haflinger
Also known as the Avelignese breed, the Haflinger is a horse that was bred in Austria and North Italy. They are small and are always chestnut in color with energetic, smooth gaits. They have a sturdy build that allows them to carry considerable loads. They are also hardy and able to carry packs up and down mountainous paths.
Fun fact: Did you know that they are called Haflinger from the village in North Italy named Hafling?
The Hanoverian horse breed originated from Germany. It can be seen in the Olympic Games and in other competitive equestrian sports. Regulations forbid breeding too light colors but other than that, the Hanoverian is an elegant, strong, and robust breed for dressage, jumping, hunting, and riding.
Fun fact: Did you know that foals are branded with a special mark to show that they are Hanoverians?
11. Arabian Horse
The Arabian horse, also called the Arab, is practically the most widespread horse breed in the world. They are characterized by their beautifully chiseled bone structure, an arched neck supporting a concave profile, a level croup, and a high-carried tail. They are known to be very sensitive and intelligent as well as spirited and energetic.
Fun fact: Did you know that most modern horse breeds have an Arabian as one of their ancestors?
12. Mustang Horse
Mustangs are often called wild horses, but since their ancestors are domesticated horses, they are classified as feral horses. This horse is very hardy with a compact, small body and good bone structure. They are found mostly in North America, surviving in arid lands where even cattle would starve.
Fun fact: Did you know that free-roaming mustangs are managed and protected by the Bureau of Land Management?
13. Black Forest Horse
The Black Forest Horse is also called the Schwarzwalder Kaltblut or “Black Forest Cold Blood” in German. This is a rare breed originating from the southern parts of Germany. It is small to medium in size and has a dark coat with very light mane and tail. It has very strong joints and sturdy hooves.
Fun fact: Did you know that the Black Forest Horse got its name from pulling carriages and carts through the Black Forest in Germany?
14. The Percheron
The Percheron is a French draft horse that was originally bred to serve as a war horse. Percherons are easy to train because of their willingness to work and their natural intelligence. This breed is agile and mostly gray or black. They are powerful yet docile and they are clean-limbed.
Fun fact: Did you know that most of the horses in Disneyland Paris are Percherons?
15. Paso Fino
The Paso Fino has other names like the Colombian Criollo Horse. It came from the Latin American countries. This horse breed has varied body build and is more identified by their “gait” or step. A true Paso Fino can travel with very little up and down motion when you are observing its rider.
Fun fact: Did you know that Paso Fino means “Fine Step”?
Palomino horses have gold coats with white hair. Most valued as show horses, they stand out everywhere because of their amazing coloration. Their gold coat color ranges from cream to a somewhat dark gold. The usually have brown eyes and dark skin underneath the light coat.
Fun fact: Did you know other light-colored horses are confused with Palominos and they have standards or requirements for a horse to be known as a Palomino?
17. American Paint Horse
The American Paint Horse, more commonly known as “Paint,” is a horse color breed that comes from the United States. It is characterized by spots on its body. The most common markings are the Pinto spotting pattern of light and dark colors usually white combined with another color.
Fun fact: Did you know that a Pinto horse is different from the Paint because a Pinto is a breed from combined bloodlines?
18. Icelandic Horse
The Icelandic Horse, sometimes also called the Icelandic Pony, is a breed created in Iceland. It is a small, sometimes pony sized horse that has a long life and a strong body. They have a double coat that protects them from cold temperatures. They are friendly and are not easily spooked.
Fun fact: Did you know that Iceland has a law that says when an Icelandic Horse is sent to another country, they are not allowed to return?
19. Missouri Fox Trotter
The Missouri Fox Trotter is a breed of horse developed in the state of Missouri, particularly in the Ozark Mountains. They are characterized by their muscular body, strong build and their ability to perform the special horse gait called the “fox trot”.
Fun fact: Did you know that the Fox Trotter became the Missouri official state horse only in 2002?
20. Morgan Horse
The Morgan horse is one of the earliest of the breeds created in the United States. They are prized because they can easily learn gaits like the trot, pace, and rack. They have a muscular compact body with a well arched neck and a clean-cut head. These are slightly higher like the tail of an Arabian compared to other breeds. They are among one of the most beautiful horse breeds in the world.
Fun fact: Did you know that the first horse in this breed is called “Figure” and because he was owned by a man named Justin Morgan, the breed was given his name?
21. The Clydesdale
The Clydesdale that comes from Scotland is also called “Clydes”. This horse is said to be the “breed that built Australia”. They are usually bay in color with white markings. These beautiful horses have extensive feathers on their lower legs and are generally tall horses. They have a strong body that can haul heavy loads when hitched in teams.
Fun fact: Did you know that the most famous Clydesdale horses are the Budweiser Clydesdales?