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Horse Breeds - formation to current day, plus standards, strengths & weakness of each.

Conformation points of horses. Breeds of horses on Horse Show Central are divided into easy access sections.

BREEDS A Through L, are listed on this page, below.
Three other breed pages are as follows:

Click on each breed-name to read about origins, history, the strengths of each and the weaknesses that have been found by horsemen, plus the modern day use of each. You will find photos at the top of each individual page, and often more photos lower on each page. More images are added as they are donated and submitted.

Horse breeds have a history as long or longer than the history of man on this planet. There are ancient, extinct, rare and endangered, current day, popular, as well as new and developing breeds. Some of course are called a breed yet scientifically are not.

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Akhal TekeAkhal Teke
The ancestors of the ancient and elegant Akhal Teke were also fundamental in the creation of the Thoroughbred and many other light breeds across the world. The current form of this breed emerged around the 8th century!
Alter RealAlter Real
The Alter Real became famous in high level dressage as early at 1760 in the Royal Riding School of Portugal. The breed is a branch of the Lusitano, with the added influence of Spanish mares.
American Bashkir CurlyAmerican Bashkir Curly
The American Bashkir Curly is a breed native to America, derrived from older Bashkir type horses found in the American Northwest. There is a lot aboui the American Curly tht is not true of any other Curly breed.
American Paint HorseAmerican Paint Horse
The American Paint is not simply a color breed, as they also carry the conformation and bloodlines of the Quarter Horse, offering the same abilities but with lots of color added.
American SaddlebredAmerican Saddlebred
The American Saddlebred is an all-purpose breed, created in the United States after 250 years of selective breeding. Today's 5 gaited, ultimate show ring star performs well in many other disciplines.
Known today as PRE (pure Spanish), the Andalusian breed traces to the Iberian wild steeds from prehistoric times and has provided foundations of many other breeds. Most American breeds descent from the Spanish.
The Anglo-Arab combines the Arabian and Thoroughbred breeds and has been a preferred all around favorite for over 150 years in both Britain and France especially, and Europe in general.
The Appaloosa is a breed, yet each individual is unique in color!
The Appy is known world wide and was created by the Nez Perce Indians, who are now in the process of creating yet another breed!
The Arabian is one of the most ancient of breeds, with his characteristic high forehead and delicate dry profile, proudly carrie dtail , intelligence and gentleness. The Arab has also
provided foundation blood to many, many other breeds.
Argentine CriolloArgentine Criollo
The Argentine Criollo is a breed renown for endurance over great distances and varying terrain. The breed is easy to handle, agile and quite speedy too for competition sports.
Australian Stock HorseAustralian Stock Horse
The Australian Stock Horse is a breed once called the Waler, and the working horse of its country. Once world famous as cavalry mounts, cow work and carriage transport, a perservation societiy was formed in 1971.
Azteca is the first breed developed in Mexico, and is both lively and docile, famous for their paces and action. The breed is as suitable for ranch work as they are for dressage.
The Barb is a breed tht originated in northwestern Africa, similar to the Iberian in build, with a convex profile and a good degree of collection in way of going. A Barb stallion was one of the foundation sires of the Thoroughbred.
The Bashkir is a Russian breed from steppes with endurance and a great tolerance for work in all weather. Bred pure, they are also crossed with other Russian breeds. Koumiss, a health product is made from a Bashkir mare's milk.
The Boer or Boerperd is a breed developed in South Africa, but was also influenced by American Quarter blood, along with Saddlebred and Standardbred. A stud book was finally foremed in 1942.
The Brumby is the wild horse of Australia, with those who wish to preserve the breed and those who do not. There is no doubt Brumbies would be excellent in endurance competitions! Their plight is similar to that of America's Mustangs.
Bucksin is a color, not a breed, although there is a Buckskin registry.
The color is admired by many and sought after by many breeders. Knowing the genetics of color is the key!
Budenny, also spelled Bodenny, Budyonny, Budennii, or Budennoysky, is a Russian breed, begun in 1920 and complete by 1948. They are used for riding, racing, international sports, and to improve other breeds in their home country.
Canadian HorseCanadian Horse
The Canadian Horse is a breed that helped develop its home country, and then went further to achieve popularity in other countries. They are always registered with a three part name. The breed excels internationally in driving and dressage.