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Renowned for their poise and class, the Akhal-Teke makes for an excellent riding horse as well as a popular show horse due to their calm temper and sweet disposition.
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Considered one of the more docile breeds, the Altai is a good choice for farm work or long treks through rough terrain. They are extremely strong and can even withstand very bitter temperatures.
| ||Alter-Real |
The Alter-Real is a horse for any occasion, being strong and ready to work, laid-back and ready to ride, or hearty and ready for a show. Besides being a triple threat, they're also very smart.
| ||American Indian Horse |
The American Indian Horse is best known for their endurance and ability to travel for long distances with ease, making them superb riding and work horses. They are thoughtful and even-tempered.
| ||American Sorraia Mustang |
The American Sorraia Mustang is a breed that's endured a lot, and though smaller in size compared to some other breeds, they're as tough as the best of them.
| ||Andalusian |
A breed that's known for being both sweet and brave when you need them to be, the Andalusian is a great riding horse for shows and parades, or even as cavalry.
| ||Appaloosa |
Hardy and sweet, the Appaloosa is a horse of simplicity. Their attitude is calm and reliable, making them great for farm work, riding, and even rodeos. They're best trained when young as they pick up skills easily.
| ||Arabian |
Arabians are fast and have high endurance, making them great for racing and riding long distance. They are very faithful companions and will never once stray from their family when trained.
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The Ardennes is an incredibly large and powerful breed, capable of hauling quite a lot. This makes them excellent work horses, though they do well when ridden if you choose to use them that way.
| ||Australian Stock Horse |
Thought of as a very smart breed, the Australian Stock Horse gets along well with other animals and horses, as well as children. They are notoriously strong and have an excellent work ethic.
| ||Avelignese |
Known as a very surefooted breed, the Avelignese is great for long travels through deserts and places with extreme temperatures. They're also great for vaulting and therapeutic riding.
| ||Azteca |
The Azteca breed is generally known for having a willingness to learn and be trained. They're great in compentitions and considered a very sporty horse. They don't tend to have a wildside, so they're great for riding.
| ||Banker Horse |
Great for riding and working, the Banker Horse is a breed that's still considered a wild horse. Despite this, they are patient and make great options for teaching inexperienced riders the basics, such as children.
| ||Barb |
Barbs are quick to run and therefore make for good riding horses. However, they are headstrong and will do things their way in the early stages of training. Regardless, once trained they're perfectly great horses.
| ||Bashkir Curly |
Named and known for their unique curly hair, the Bashkir Curly is a breed that's easy to train and great for working conditions in both hot and cold climates. They're also great with beginning riders.
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The Boer Pony is a tough breed that can ride on and on. They love to work and get along with all ages, making them good for kids.
| ||Budyonny |
The Buyonny breed is a great combination of a strong build on an attractive frame. They are great for work, play, and of course riding. While having a strong work ethic, they're also very relaxed and easy to train.
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The Camargue, once known as "Horses of the Sea," are adored the world over, even being portrayed frequently in movies. They do not require much from their keepers and are fairly self sufficient.
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Campolinas are a breed that comes from Brazil where they are utilized for riding and harness work. They are described as being kind at heart and are very simple to train when they are young.
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Carolina Marsh Tacky
The Carolina Marsh Tacky is a very smart, very thoughful working horse. They make ideal companions for carrying women and children and are ideal for riding practice.
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Caspians are extremely agile and great for beginners. Like most horses, they're sweet and affectionate, but they also have an immense amount of strength. They are one of the most popular breeds in the world.
| ||Cerbat |
Rugged and strong, the Cerbat breed is tough enough to withstand harsh conditions and rough terrain. They're considered beautiful horses and work great in event horse competitions.
| ||Chincoteague |
The Chincoteague breed is a staple of beaches and lands on the Eastern coast of the United States. They can easily carry long distances and succeed as work horses, though they're also sweet and calm.
| ||Cleveland Bay |
The Cleveland Bay can be described with just about any word that means "good" and you'd have a fairly accurate description of the breed overall. They're hardy, fast, and are very easy horses to care for.
| ||Connemara |
The Connemara breed comes from Ireland where it's still popular to this day. They are usually utilized for riding, hunting, and competitions, as well as general work. They have a good temperament and are very giving.
| ||Criollo |
The Criollo breed can be used for riding at any skill level and is know to be eager to learn any and every type of new skill their owners can throw at them. They're also great for the game of polo.
| ||Dales |
The Dales breed is one of the largest and strongest horses, making them a great working horse. As you'd expect for a horse to large, they're very kind and are easily trainable.
| ||Danish Warmblood |
The Danish Warmblood is quite possibly the perfect combination as they are resilient and kind but also fierce and incredibly strong. They're great for competitive events and riding as well.
| ||Dartmoor |
Dartmoors are described as being wise and playful. They work great alongside all ages and with other animals, making them great for riding and working alike. They can also withstand riding in any climate.
| ||Don |
Don horses are used for riding and harness work, for the most part. They can be trained to roam on their own and even fend for food all by themselves, making them a very simply breed to care for.
| ||Einsiedler |
The Einseidler is a breed that does it all, though primarily they're seen and utilized as competition horses. They are easy to train and work great as work horses as well.
| ||Eriskay |
Not all breeds can be left unattended near children, but the Eriskay breed can. They can withstand any environment and are great for both riding and working. A great choice when you're just atarting out with horses.
| ||Exmoor |
The Exmoor is a breed with many practical uses, whether that be racing, riding, working, and even competitions. They are sweet and agile and tend to be rather friendly even after a hard day's work.
| ||Falabella |
The Falabella breed is one of the best when it comes to little ones as they are incredibly sweet and easy going. Great for riding, competitions, and shows, they work on large farms or as pets in smaller fenced areas.
| ||Fell |
Working on the farm is common for any horse, but the Fell breed proves it can handle quite a bit of work despite being smaller. They're comfortable to ride on and are very lively.
| ||Finnish Universal |
The Finnish Universal breed was bred to be fast and strong, qualities it has in spades. While used mostly for work purposes and riding needs, they still make for exceptionally great race horses.
| ||Fjord |
The Fjord breed, hailing from Norway, is known for being strong and sweet. Great for riding and harness work, being particularly good around children. They train easily and quickly.
| ||Florida Cracker |
The Florida Cracker is great for work and great for riding, but they're unique in that their personality is sweet yet frisky at the same time. Even so, they are so popular because they're one of the strongest workhorses you can raise.
| ||Frederiksborg |
Calm even among the more relaxed horse breeds, the Frederiksborg is a great workhorse and needs very little effort on the owner's part in order to get the absolute most out of a day's work.
| ||Friesian |
The Friesian breed comes from the Netherlands and is considered very hardy and noble. They have a lot of spirit and were used to create the Fell and Dales breeds.
| ||Groningen |
The Groningen breed is thought of as being very strong and purposeful as they make great riding horses and work horses alike. Still, they are light at heart and have a laid back attitude, making training rather simple into adulthood.
| ||Hackney |
The Hackney breed is considered rather elegant and useful, frequently being found as work and riding horses. They can take care of themselves very well and are rather playful.
| ||Haflinger |
Haflingers are beautiful and well built. They're great for riding, pack purposes, forestry work, and harness work, plus they're easy to train and work well with children. They're quite vibrant overall.
| ||Hanoverian |
The Hanoverian breed can do it all and look good doing it. They can learn all equestrian skills in no time and best yet have no inherent attitude problems. Some may go so far as to say this is the perfect breed.
| ||Holstein |
A strong breed that excels at athletics, Holsteins are great at competing as well as working. Those bred for sports purposes tend to be more aggressive and complex, but otherwise they're laid back or even lazy.
| ||Icelandic |
The Icelandic horse is a pony that can pull its weight, helping to transport those needing medical assistance or simply helping little ones learn how to ride. Despite being so sweet, they're tough and agile.
| ||Irish Draught |
Irish Draughts are a type of horse breed that thinks things through, being sensible in their actions and taking to training rather well. They make great riding, work, and competition horses.
| ||Jutland |
Jutlands are great draft horses, as well as excellent show breeds. They don't require much effort to raise but will give back tenfold with their ability to work endlessly.
| ||Karabakh |
While both adept at riding and harness work, the Karabakh is also excellent when it comes to racing as they are very fast. Though they are gentle, they are also exceptionally brave and love having responsibility.
| ||Kathiawari |
Easily identifiable by their curled ears, Kathiawaris are great riding horses used in polo matches as well as in the military. They are very respected but when worked up can become unpredicatable.
| ||Knabstrup |
Being gentle yet rugged, the Knabstrup is very recognizable due to its black spots on a body of white. They are generally very happy and eager to be trained and can be very strong when they need to be.
| ||Konik |
Koniks are a hardy breed with calm and tender natures. They can gallop easily even over the roughest terrain and survive in just about any climate. They're very popular in Europe and Asia.
| ||Landais |
The Landais breed is a very common choice for children's riding lessons as they are gentle animals. They're easy to train and quite graceful when fully grown.
| ||Lipizzaner |
Lipizzaners can be used for all classic styles of equestrian work, including dressage and harness work. They are frequently seen in shows around the world as they are one of the simplest horses to train.
| ||Lusitano |
The Lusitano breed is used frequently in the dressage categories and as show horses, making them rather popular. They are calm yet brave and have a lot of intelligence. They may be best known for their posing abilities.
| ||Mangalarga Marchador |
The Mangalarga Marchador is described as fun loving, smart, and well gaited. They are great for riding and harness work alike and get along great with kids, plus they can deal with tough terrain without problems.
| ||Marwari |
One of the most loyal horse breeds, the Marwari would gladly step in the line of fire if it meant saving their owner. They are loved and adored in India and are used mostly for riding and competitive purposes.
| ||Missouri Fox-Trotter |
Eager to perform and easy to be trained, the Missouri Fox-Trotter is great for shows and competitions. Their willingness to learn is wonderful and their agility and surefootedness make them great trek horses as well.
| ||Morgan |
The Morgan breed is used frequently as work and competition horses, plus they have strong riding abilities. They are very willing to please their owners and can easily learn new skills.
| ||Mustang |
The Mustang is a wild horse, through and through. They can be used for a variety of purposes, but they're still primarily wild and like space to roam. However, they can still be trained with a bit of effort and patience.
| ||New Forest |
New Forests are considered agile and very tough, making them excellent work, competition, and riding horses. They do well with younger riders when first learning and can adapt to most any climate.
| ||Noriker |
The Noriker breed are commonly used for harness work, forestry, pack, and riding purposes, making them a very useful horse indeed. They are easy to train and tend to be quiet despite being a larger animal.
| ||North Swedish |
Coming from Sweden, as the name suggests, the North Swedish breed is a strong working horse that can take care of itself. They can also deal with the harshest climates in either extreme.
| ||Orlov Trotter |
The Orlov Trotter is a breed suited well for harness work, competitions, and riding. They are calm yet eager and learn rather quickly. They've very smart and can think quickly to avoid danger.
| ||Paso Fino |
Paso Finos can do most anything you need them to, particularly sports. They're smaller than some other horses in the same category, and because of that they're a good choice for little kid riders.
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Percherons are big, powerful horses that ride well and work hard. Their temperament allows them to be gentle enough for new riders, but stern enough for when it's time to go to war.
| ||Peruvian Paso |
The Peruvian Paso is a breed that's loyal to their owners and has no trouble getting along with other animals. They are born with natural talent and so succeed easily in all areas.
| ||Pindos |
The Pindos breed is considered rather agile and surefooted, making it a great choice for long trips over rough terrain. They are used a lot in agriculture and pack duties.
| ||Pony of the Americas |
As the name would suggest, the Pony of the Americas breed is small but sweet. They're also rather smart and can travel on their own if needed. It's no wonder the breed has a huge following.
| ||Pottok |
Once utilized primarily in the circus, Pottoks are easy going and sensitive to their riders. They can be trusted to roam freely for miles without trouble and are beloved as riding horses.
| ||Quarter Horse |
Quarter Horses are an excellent all around breed with calm temperaments that make beginning riders love them. They are used frequently in rodeos and horse racing.
| ||Racking Horse |
The Racking horse is a very athletic breed and are used frequently in competitions to show off this ability. They do great as performers and are great for riding. But they're not all play as they can do a hard day's work.
| ||Rocky Mountain Horse |
A horse that's bred to take the harshest climates and terrain, the Rocky Moutain Horse is strong and fast. They're used on farms and in races, and mailmen frequently use them as a good form of transportation.
| ||Russian Heavy Draft |
One of the great prides from Russia's history, the Russian Heavy Draft is a powerful work horse with a gentle spirit. They're very easy to care for and great for all ages and all types of hard work.
| ||Russian Trotter |
An amazing racing breed, the Russian Trotter can withstand any task without any hint of aggression. They are tough but gentle and can withstand rather cold weather, as their country of origin would suggest.
| ||Schwarzwalder Kaltblut |
A great breed for riding, harness work, forestry, and agricultural work, the Schwarzwalder Kaltblut is a great breed for beginning riders. They have a unique and exceptionally shiny coat, making them stand out.
| ||Selle Francais |
A newer breed, the Selle Francais are race horses through and through. They're full of energy and incredibly quick, helping their popularity rise at a steady pace.
| ||Shagya Arab |
The Shagya Arab adores being a showman and does extremely well in competitions. They tend to be a great choice as a mounted animal as they can travel long distances without difficulty.
| ||Shetland |
Shetland ponies are immensely popular and also surprisingly strong, even at their size. They're great for kids and almost always tend to be pure bred due to where they frequently live as the area is secluded and introducing other breeds can be troublesome.
| ||Shire |
Shire horses are very large and very hard workers. They are, however, very easy to care for as they can be left alone for long periods of time without needing your imput, plus they're extremely patient.
| ||Sorraia |
Sorraias can work hard and for long periods of time. They're used mostly for harness work and riding purposes and are independent enough to just rely on themselves throughout the day.
| ||Welsh Section A and B |
The Welsh Section A and B horses are mostly bred in solid colors and are noted for their riding abilties both in the competitive circuit and at home on the farm. They are generally eager to learn and make good work horses.