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HI Spy: Your Favorite Breed

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


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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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Abbey    Mequon, WI

4/19/2015 8:58:18 AM

My favorite breed has to be without a doubt is the thoroughbred. Not just because I have one but because they are truly exceptional horses!! One reason their my all time favorite is they are witty social intelligent fiery and know matter how bad of a day your having they always seem to cheer me up!!

Nicole    Arab, AL

12/28/2014 4:50:48 PM

My favorite kind of horse is a gray Arabian that has faded to white. I love their big black eyes, flag tails, floating trot, size, teacup muzzle, gentleness and versatility.

Juho    International

6/13/2014 4:01:52 PM

Thoroughbreds, especially chesnut mares.
Simply because they are the best!

Olivia    Deerfield, IL

5/20/2014 5:03:05 AM

My favorite breed would probably have to be the Paint horse. I have ridden and shown two, and both were great learning experiences that helped me with my riding!

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