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HI Spy: Your Favorite Breed

Do you have a favorite breed of horse, and why?

29-Aug-12

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Appaloosa A good horse is a good horse, regardless of who its parents are. Still, once you’ve spent some time in the horse world, you might find yourself developing an affinity for a particular breed of horse.

The docile American Quarter Horse is the most popular breed in the world. Clearly, its docile nature and dominance in western sports have earned it plenty of fans. But if you’re committed to English sports, maybe Thoroughbreds or one of the European Warmblood breeds is your cup of tea. Or it could be the personable Morgan, the stunning Arabian, the smooth-gaited Rocky Mountain Horse or any of the other beloved breeds you’ll find today.

Sometimes all it takes is a single horse to win you over for a particular breed. If you learned to ride on a Shetland Pony or an American Saddlebred, that exposure is likely to stick with you. Or if your friend’s kind Appaloosa helped you get over a bad riding experience, you may have a soft spot for spots.

Morgan Of course, if you’ve found that your favorite equines have been grade horses, those of mixed or unknown parentage, the non-breed could be the breed of choice for you.

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Ariel    Keiser, MO

4/7/2014 6:52:46 AM

Selle francais, Because they are beautiful and good at jumping and racing! And they are very cute.

Ally    Cardington, OH

3/20/2014 2:55:35 PM

My favorite breed would have to be the American Quarter Horse. Big-time competitors may like the breed just because of their beauty or docile manner, and billionares may like them for just their speed and stamina. I, on the other hand, love them for their kind souls and open hearts. The horse I currently ride isn't mine, but I fell in love the first time I climbed onto his back. Ace is his name and he is my partner in life. He prances around like a hyper little colt, but always ends up winning some type of award. Yeah, my favorite breed is the American Quarter Horse.

Laura    International

10/3/2013 10:40:15 AM

American Paint Horses!!! They are versatile, you can do anything from trail riding to reining to jumping with them. They are willing and smart. Paints have all the qualities of Quarter Horses wrapped in a flashy package!

Erin    Hazel, KY

8/3/2013 3:17:47 PM

Quarter horses! I love that they make great English or western horses. You can go to an AQHA show and show in halter, showmanship, western pleasure, trail, hunter under saddle, and equitation all on the same horse! Plus the AQHA offers many opportunities for people of all ages and riding levels to show.

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