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
Friesian. 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.
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 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.