Breeds of Horses

 Arabian. Originally from Arabia, today most Arabian horses are bred in Europe. Known for their endurance, Arabians are the foundation for most of the light horse breeds. They are distinguished from other breeds by a "dish" face, prominent forehead and curved ears. Powerful, muscular bodies and flowing manes and tails give Arabian horses a noble appearance.

The Friesian is one of the oldest domesticated breeds in Europe and is native to the province of Friesland in the northern Netherlands. Traditionally used in the circus, this breed has a very long mane and tail. Friesians are always black, and a few have a white star on their forehead.

Miniature. A scaled down version of the large-sized horse, Miniature horses date back to prehistoric times but today are a result of nearly 400 years of selective breeding. They stand no taller than 34 inches at the withers (last hairs of the mane). Well-proportioned, they have a smooth fluid gait and are seen in every breed, color and marking pattern.

Standardbred. The Standardbred horse is considered to be the fastest harness racing horse in the world. It resembles its ancestor, the Thoroughbred, but it has a longer body and does not stand as tall. Individual Standardbreds tend to either trot or pace. They appear in varying colors although bay, brown and black are predominant.
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