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Saddlebred Horse Breed Profile

Saddlebred

The American Saddlebred originated from Galloway and Hobbie horses imported from Britain during the early part of America’s history.

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Selle Francais Horse Breed Profile

Selle Francais

The Selle Francais (or French Saddle Horse) is a warmblood type developed in the government stud farms in Le Pin in Normandy, France, in the 1800s.

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Shagya Arabian Horse Breed Profile

Shagya Arabian

The Shagya Arabian takes its name from the breed's founding sire, Shagya, a dapple gray foaled in 1810. The breed was developed in the Austro-Hungarian empire of the 1800s to fill the need for a larger, sturdier riding horse while maintaining the endurance and intelligence of the Arabian.

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Shetland Pony Horse Breed Profile

Shetland Pony

Off the coast of Scotland lie the Shetland Islands, native habitat of the smallest pony in Britain: the Shetland Pony. It’s thought that the breed evolved on the Scandinavian tundra and was possibly brought over by Viking raiders.

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Shire Horse Breed Profile

Shire

The Shire is the most popular draft horse in the United Kingdom. The Shire made its first appearance on British soil in its original form of the Great Horse, which was brought by William the Conqueror in 1066.

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Spanish Mustang Horse Breed Profile

Spanish Mustang

The Spanish Mustang is a descendent of horses brought to the New World by the Spaniards in the 15th century, starting with Columbus' second journey. Breeding farms were established, and through trade and the settlement of new land, these Spanish horses eventually spread throughout North America.

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Spotted Saddle Horse  Breed Profile

Spotted Saddle Horse

Spotted Saddle Horse breeding includes a heavy Tennessee Walking Horse influence combined with bloodlines descended from spotted Spanish-American ponies. The breed was originally developed in Tennessee to be a reliable family horse with a smooth, comfortable gait for long trail rides.

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Standardbred Horse Breed Profile

Standardbred

In 1849 Hambletonian 10, the foundation sire of the American Standardbred was born. His offspring went on to set records in the harness racing world.

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Suffolk Punch Horse Breed Profile

Suffolk Punch

The Suffolk Punch is the oldest of Great Britain’s heavy breeds, dating back to at least the 16th century. The early breeding may have been influenced by the Norfolk Roadster, Norfolk Trotter or Norfolk Cob, and the breed’s size may have come from Belgian draft blood.

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Swedish Warmblood Horse Breed Profile

Swedish Warmblood

Evidence shows that equines have been in Sweden since 4000 B.C. In the 1500s, the Swedish government began importing horses, most notably Dutch Friesians and some saddle breeds, to improve the indigenous Scandinavian horse. The national stud farms were located in Flyinge, Stromsholm and Kungsor.

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