Top Ten Best Horse Breeds


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I've worked with Arabs for several years. This breed is very versatile and can do any discipline you want to. Maybe not the best but they will compete in every event you try. The breed is VERY intelligent and usuall they can outsmart their owners/riders. The breed has an average height range 14-16 hand high. All the Arabians I've ever met we very gentle and really fun to ride.

Arabians are also very pretty. They have dished faces and less veritbrae making their tail seem high set. People say they are crazy and hard too ride. Well It's the people that make them that way. Whether they are heavy handed, or use too much aids Arabians are just as gentle as any old Quarter Horse. The horses just seem so excited constantly, because they are bred to be high spirited for flashinss
They are gorgeous, elegant, graceful horses. If you were to race a thoroughbred, quarter horse, and arabian, for the first part a the quarter horse would be in the lead. After that the thoroughbred would be in front. After that the arabian would be in the lead. I think that is what makes the arabian great.
Those horses are all built to run differently. You can't race them all together. For example, the arabian was built and created for endurance and yes, would go further than a quarter horse or thoroughbred. But the thoroughbred was specifically built for speed. And the quarter horse for speed going a quarter mile. The Arabian was not built for speed like the thoroughbred. Therefore, would not be faster or win in a regular race. But I agree that the Arabian is gorgeous, elegant, and graceful.


Arabians are agile and beautiful I have rode an Arabian before and they are so graceful. Arabians can also do both riding styles which can be helpful. Arabians are very easy to work with and are good listeners I have always dreamed of owning a Arabian.
[Newest]I own two and absolutely agree! Extremely smart horses and both mine are so gentle around people of all ages!
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Fast, powerful, strong & brains who could ask for anything more, I mean what more proof do we need than all the famous race horses or maybe even the ex-racehorses that didn't make and turned out to make GREAT companions to their owners! And the eventing horse, the elite athlete.
Thoroughbreds are marvelous breeds. Everyone thinks they are hot headed and pushy, but they are so sweet and loving, I have a 10 year old mare off the track, she's had four foals and I am now retraining her to be a hunter and jumper horse, I can take her on the trail and she does great, I am only 12 and she takes great care of me as I do with her. Thoroughbreds are one of the sweetest breeds out there and I'd definitely say they're number one.
They are defiantly hot headed my instructor is trying to retrain an of that track race horse that only came out of the gate 15 times and she got bucked of and she nearly broke her back and she has been riding for longer than you have been alive
They are good for just about any discipline. Strong and muscular, and a crowd pleaser.
[Newest]I have 2 their beautiful ''🐎🐎🐎
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3Quarter Horse
In my personal opinion, the Quarter horse is the most responsive to rider as an individual. This breed can pick up on different temperaments of individuals, as well as styles of handling. They feel more relaxed with someone who will reward them and respect them, than they do with someone is a harsh handler and does not thank the horse for a job well done.
They're just so versatile. They can do anything from jumping, to barrel racing, then you can plop a kid on them and take them for a trail ride. If I had to go with one breed for the rest of my life, the Quarter Horse would be it!
I had a quarter horse and it was amasing she was a fast learner and a fast barrel hores to I also have a colt and he's 2 and I've rode and trained this horse all by myself and I'm only 11
[Newest]This horse deserves to be at #1 because they do what you want them to. These horses can live up to 32 years old. They are easy to train and very fun. Reining is probably one of the easiest. In my opinion.
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4Paint Horse
A paint horse is the same thing as a quarter horse, except colored. Same personality, same build. Both beautiful wonderful extremely versatile breeds. The paint should be right up there with the quarter. More people need to recognize that they are pretty much the same thing
I own one and she is a perfect horse we do English pleasure jumping barrel racing trail riding they are just an all around horse
I think that they are amazing and just breathtaking to watch anywhere, also when foals look nearly like their mother, I think it is so cute.
[Newest]There comer and very warm blooded

To me at least, besides the fact that mustangs are the embodiment of our ideas and the spirit of the wild west, they are one of the most enduring and intelligent horses ever. They have survived without our help for as long as they have existed, and continue to despite our efforts to interfere. It saddens me that they are suffering under our oppressive "care". I hope they will continue to be free, for as long as they can.
I have mustangs of my own and once you get their trust they are they are very smart horses. I've had other types of horses but after I got mustangs I will never go back to another type of horse, because to me they are the best horses out there.
I've never had a horse but I've seen movies with mustangs and I think that they are really fast.
[Newest]I love mustang so much and they are so beautiful

The Friesian is an ancient beautiful breed originally regarded as a powerful all-around utility animal. Throughout history it has been used as a war horse, having the strength, agility and sturdy bodies to carry armored knights into battle, and in every sort of farm work and riding purposes. In the last few hundred years Friesians have gained a reputation as a fine saddle horse and as an excellent harness horse because of its active trot. They are also intelligent horses. Their predominant colour is black. THIS IS AN AMAZING GORGEOUS HORSE! VOTE!
Awesome breed. Best nature and the most inquisitive of all breeds. Stunning behaviour and learning is slow but its quality results.
They make a lovable companion and sometimes happy and prance around I think friesion IS THE BEST HORSE ever! Vote for me peeps

[Newest]This horse has a really good temperament and lovable. not the easiest to train but will blow your mind when done training vote!

I have 2 appalopsa and they are such a wonderful breed very strong legs and powerful runners at the start to the end great show ponies all around my number 1 pick plan on breeding my 2 to hood stallion...
I believe that the Appaloosa is a great Family horse and suitable for any rider. Fast learners and very intelligent. They can be used for any sport. Hardy horses that can easily live out day and night and with a minimum of extra food.
Amazing! My family have 9 horses, 3 of which are appaloosa, and although I love all of them equally, I can say from personal experience that appys learn anything the quickest, and are the most naturally responsive. But because of their intelligence they can be a bit challenging when they get bored!
[Newest]They are the best most prettiest horses ever

8Gypsy Vanner
They are amazing horses, I have a 3 year old mare that is a great rider, I'm training her into jumping and hopefully I can compete with her in a few competitions in the future! I guaratee this horse is the better side of every other horse.
Gypsy vanners are really strong because they are a smaller version of a shire
I love Gypsy vanners, and I think that they should be number 1 of the top 10 horse breeds.
[Newest]Gypsys should be #1

9Shetland Pony
Shetlands may have a bad reputation for having bad temperaments but it all depends on the horse itself. I known quite a few people who have Shetlands and I think they're sweethearts.
I have a shetland pony and she is the smartest, cutest, and sweetest thing ever. Everybody loves her and wants to ride her. For a young and beginning rider I would prefer a shetland pony. You'll be happy if you get one!
I have a Shetland pony and she is so cute x
Best pony ever! She does all 4 paces and she is the best at jumping x
So smart :)))
[Newest]Their so cute I really want one. My mums considering it but having people's opinions really has encouraged me ask even more

Morgan's are the best thing that ever happened to me. They're sporty friendly and always be by our side. I really enjoy riding them and spending social time with them because they always have a powerful personality and always makes me feel better no matter what. That's why I think Morgan's should be at the top of the list
The Morgan can do anything that any other breed can do. They are highly intelligent and can compete and win in every discipline from riding, driving, jumping and can pull weight as well as even the big draft horses. They love people and show that love by bonding with there human partners to form a team that can't be beat,
I rode one for the first time when I was 2, she was a English pleasure mare with fire, a actual champion. When I was 4 I rode her off the lead line.. Morgans are the best thing that's every happened to be, they are beautiful, versatile, and just plain amazing. They are also love able and sweet, you are left with no reason to not like them.
[Newest]Morgan's are incredibly charming. They will stick up for you if any other horse messes with you, and most are very cooperative.

The Contenders

Beautiful Big horses!
They are very famous for commercials mostly beer commercials because they were saved by them.
Great for hauling huge stuff too!
Wish I had 1 though :/
I have a Clydesdale and it has the best temperament in the world and it is so affectionate if you where to buy a horse ou should buy one of these amazing beautiful stunning animals, they are so stunning and breathtaking, I could never have chosen a better breed also fell ponys are the best they rock xx
I wish I owned one. Very gentle and loving! Also, very pretty! Lovable, big sweet, and loyal, what more could you ask? Big babies, really. Smooth ride and they even look nice doing jumps up to 2 foot. Fine with dogs, kids, and anything else! Bombproof if trained correctly. MOST are never high strung, but bad lines could be hot heads. Easy to train, ride, and calm. Different horses are different, regardless of breed, but Clydes are usually fine with their hooves being picked up and being clipped of summer. All rounders, Gentle Giants!
[Newest]Great! Gentle giants. Love them

Best horse to ever come out of Europe bar none!

One of the most ancient breeds in the world possibly even older than the Arab.

Easy to work with and train, learns quickly, affectionate, charismatic, energetic, classy, elegant, proud, strong and many more adjectives come to mind when describing the PRE. One would need hours upon hours to properly type the perfect description for the PRE!

Most beautiful horse in the world!
What other horse moves and trains like an Andy! They are one of the oldest and smartest of them all! I don't see any other breed performing like the PRE!
Best of the best
[Newest]Best of the best! Highly intelligent and absolutely the most beautiful horse!

Quite beautiful beginners horse. Mostly known for the amazing cooperation. A mans best friend. Very willing and very good for endurance working. They have got the face on an angel
Will try there heart out with anything you ask! Never put a foot wrong. They are great for beginners but also serious riders looking to train that perfect horse.
Sounds so great for beginners

14Dutch Warmblood
They are bred for jumping, and that's what they do! They are huge, beautiful animals, hard to beat in any way...
I have a dutch warmblood, well, 2! And they are perfect! The loves of my life. they are so powerful and great jumpers, but both are so sweet around the barn. they love what they do and really have fun jumping. great breed
These are such good horses! Great temperament, smart and beautiful!
[Newest]My horse is a Dutch warm blood and I love him! He's so gentle!

Definitely should be in the top 10 because they are so well behaved, beautiful and willing to please their riders. I just lost the best horse I ever rode due to a sale and I miss her so much. She was so graceful and wonderful at dressage. She was even hard on herself for things a person might be, such as stumbling or mis-stepping. Such a good girl.
So well behaved. Allways trys there best. Gives everything there all. Never stops surprising me and my friends how good they are. I lpvethe breed so much

I love the brumby because of a movie I watched when I was little

The Haflinger, also known as the Avelignese, is a breed of horse developed in Austria and northern Italy during the late 19th century. Haflinger horses are relatively small, are always chestnut in color, have distinctive gaits described as energetic but smooth, and are well-muscled yet elegant. The breed traces its ancestry to the Middle Ages, and there are several theories for the breed's origin. Haflingers were developed for use in mountainous terrain, and are known for their hardiness. Their current conformation and appearance are the result of infusions of bloodlines from Arabian and various European breeds into the original native Tyrolean ponies. The foundation sire, 249 Folie, was born in 1874, and by 1904 the first breeders' cooperative was formed. All Haflingers can trace their lineage back to Folie through one of seven bloodlines.
The haflinger is the best horse breed ever. I have a haflinger named "a kings ransom" he is the best horse I could ever ask for. he is so loving and patient and kind
A chestnut colour the only problem is you need to let them know who's boss. They are about 14-15 hands high. They are both a carrige and an everyday riding horse. If you bought one you have made a great choice

How are Connemara ponies are not in the top tens! Seriously they are amazing they are calm, gentle and nice But they are still really good to ride and safe and great with children they will love anyone who treats them well! I have seen them at shows. They rock and are amazing to ride I suggest them now and I always will so GET ONE!
Connemaras are amazing horses! I own one and he is the kindest horse ever. If he ever gets a fright he doesn't do anything wrong and he tries his best to keep me safe! If I leave him in the paddock he chooses me over his over horse friends and follows me around every step I take. He is an all rounder and loves water! He is also very quiet. Connemaras are especially good children's horses because you know they will keep the child safe and love them unconditionally.
Connemara Ponies are gentle kind and sweet. They have sloping shoulders which is good for jumping and All sorts of other things. In the Dublin Horse Show 2014 The guy jumped 1.20 and the Connemara Stallion jumped it and won. They are brillant ponies, there is one at my riding stables called Nora and she is the best pony in the world, she loves jumping. CONNEMARAS SHOULD BE IN THE TOP 10!
[Newest]THEY NEED to be in top tens. I might get a half Connemara! Yay!

19Norwegian Fjord
I ride fjord every thursday, and he is wonderful! His good in jumping, dressage and is really nice! I <3 Norwegian Fjord horses!
I love fjords so much
Norwegian Fjordhorses are the best! Love them ❤ so cute and cudly and... Simply the best ❤
[Newest]Best horse breed ever. mine is SO gentle. should be #1!

Very Beautiful and Powerful Portuguese Horses, They Were used as War Horses in the conquering of South America, they are also used in Bullfight, they have a Really very powerful apearence, very strong neck and hindquarters, I Love them, seen them in action, here in Portugal, wish I had one.
I am sorry... It is amazing how this breed is not placed at #1

21Australian Stock Horse
Most versatile horse you'll come across

22Welsh Pony
I think these amazing ponies should be in top 10#, I have had my welsh pony since I was four (now I'm 16). we were told that once you get one, you will get more, and guess what happenend... we now have a whole stud of A, B, C and D welsh cobs.
When I first got her she was only a baby so played up a little bit but now ANYONE can ride her or do anything. I let her go out and teach little kids how to ride and even though I'm too big for her now, at least little kids can enjoy her just as much as I did.

I do agree that they are too smart for there own good somedays but even humans are like that. They will all do almost anything for food haha
Jesus christ... these horses are to smart for there own good laugh out loud.


It is a purebreed of horses that is found in Rajasthan India. It was bred by the Rajputs of India who took care in ensuring the breed's quality. It was also used by the British during their rule of India and was regarded by them as a breed at par with any they had seen. The breed has suffered in the last few decades due to poor management which has resulted in a drastic fall in its numbers. Also a few genetic bottlenecks have been found in some of the Marwari horses when none existed, as late as 1989.
Marwaris are often crossed with Thoroughbreds to produce a larger horse with more versatility. Despite the fact that the breed is indigenous to the country, cavalry units of the Indian military make little use of the horses
I have ridden a marwari called pancake at my riding school and it makes a prfect childrens riding horse especially for jumping

25American Saddlebred
One of the most versatile horses in the world! I have worked with them for over 40 years, and I have bred horses that are now top jumpers, dressage horses, police horses, barrel racers, cutters, and so on! I have sold a saddlebred to almost every discipline known to man! The saddlebred is know for its natural beauty and grace, a top competitor with the Arabian. I believe the arabian is only favorite because nobody has seen the movement and beauty of the show horse, the saddlebred! Not just beautiful, they are powerful! These horses will take you on a journey that you will never want to leave! Best know in their performance of saddleseat, saddlebreds are NOT sored for their gaits like with TWH And the Big Lick. Every dicipline has it's abusers, but saddlebreds are worshiped for their strength, beauty, and of course, their living companionship. Give a saddlebred your heart, and he will stand by you through thick and thin.
One of the most intelligent, people loving, athletic, beautiful and versatile of all breeds. I have ridden various breeds of horses and why they are not listed among the most intelligent of all breeds is nothing, but ignorant breed prejudice.For many years they were the top breed for movie and televison performances. See Mr. Ed, Fury, Giant, National Velvet etc.


27Rocky Mountain
Beautiful black coat with appears to be red hair in the sun light
They are great horses

28Welsh Cob (Section D)
I've owned and ridden several different breeds of ponies and horses and my favorite is my Welsh Pony! She is smart and beautiful like an Arabian, willing and trustworthy like a Quarter horse, and loves to go fast like a Thoroughbred. She is super smart and is constantly outsmarting those who ride her but the trick is to be patient and gentle and she will do absolutely anything for me! My friends hate riding her and they say she is a pain but I think she is just so fun. She has taught me so much about equines!
Fun, cheeky and loving - obviously been mistakenly placed of number 23.

29Australian Riding Pony
Best for your first riding poney

30Irish Sport Horse
Love them, amazing at most things, so sweet and intelligent!
The are a must have in the top ten! They are all manured and have a good build. Most ISH's are crosses between Irish draughts, Connemaras and thouroubreds. The draught in the horse makes them stronger and gives them a better build. The Connemara in them makes them friendly and also brilliant jumpers. Finally the thourobred in them allows them to be fast, agile and have better endurance. Many ISH"s go to be top eveners and show jumpers, winning deals in the Olympics and other top events! They're loyal companions that are willing to learn!
There are friendly gentle and fast really they should be the best

31Canadian Horse
I have a Canadian mare and she is just the sweetest, kindest horse ever. Strong, easy keeper, able to do nearly any task. The Canadian's history is a fascinating one and they were used during war as war horses, particularly during the Civil war.
This is the little horse that could. Toughest horse ever, puts up with all types of weather and great at all tasks.

The Anglo-Arabian or Anglo-Arab is a crossbred horse that now also has its own status as a horse breed. It is a Thoroughbred crossed with an Arabian so two of the oldest and favourite horse breeds ever. The best examples of this breed inherit the refinement, good bone, and endurance of the Arabian, as well as the speed and scope of the Thoroughbred. They are powerful horses and are good at most things, The breed ideal is for a horse to have conformation that more strongly resembles the Arabian. They have a long neck, prominent withers, a compact and strong body (sturdier than the Thoroughbred), a deep chest, and solid bone. Anglo-Arabians should have small, fine heads, similar to an Arabian, but they should not be overly "dished" in profile. These are Amazing animals and have both speed and stamina from the Thoroughbred and have the elegant, graceful and intelligence from the Arabian.

33Icelandic Horse
I love their character, willingness and spirit. Having very soft additional gates does not spoil either.
Very colorful and looks very much like a natural. Amazing to ride.
I have one. love their big, fluffy. I love he so much

A very versatile and beautiful breed, descended from the extinct Turkoman horses. They are hardy, versatile and very beautiful and have a range of coat colours and beautiful shiny coats due to their special hair structure.
Its called the golden horse, it should be in the top 5
One of the most beautiful breeds. Akhal-Tekes are famous for having amazing metallic coats and in a variety of shining colours.

POAs are amazing. They are so smart and they are quick learners. My pony has learned not to bite people in less then a month, learned to smile, bow, hug, kiss, and jump in less then a week. She is also very tolerable and listenes to everyone she meets. My pony Rosie also loves dogs and once even ran up to our new kitten and puppy because she wanted to get to know them. They are just perfect and I believe they should be in the top 3. They have the calmest temperment and even has tought our other horse manners and is so patent when our other horse steals her food
These horses are awesome

Gentle Giants, strong/powerful and easy to work with, I had a rescued shire and loved him with all my heart but if I chose to have another horse I would defonatly have another shire.

37Tennessee Walking Horse
I have a Tennessee Walking Horse myself so I know first-hand that they are mostly calm but can be spunky and try their best to do what you want and their very intelligent and pick up on what you want them to do quick if you want a trail horse a Tennessee Walking Horse is perfect and they have really smooth gaits too.
My first horse is a Walker. They are sweet, beautiful, and easy to ride. Smooth to ride and a great beginner horse. Mine is also half thoroughbred so he can act up a lot. But overall they are AMAZING horses!
They are really sweet and loyal but it makes me mad that so many people use soring or the big lick just for money and don't even care about that beautiful horse they got
[Newest]My first Tennessee walking horse was named sassy she was very smart and very sweet she was a very good companion

Best horse ever best temperament loveable great at dressage jumping and cross country and also a good companion love trial rides perfect for little kids and advanced rider


Cute little ponies. Sturdy and intelligent

Of my 5 favorite breeds 3 of them are in the top three, the 4th one was not to far down, so I gave the Trakehner a vote to help them out.

My favorite breeds: Arabian, thoroughbred, quarter horses, gypsy vanner, and the Trakehner
Amazing horses, and beautiful jumpers. Loves everyone around them. Will win every show jumping competition.
I own a Trakehner and she's beautiful! Great jumper and runs gorgeously!

42New Forest
I look after a new forest and they are a hardy, fluffy ponies
These are very popular in England!
[Newest]I live near the forest so woo!



I've had lots of horses over 25+ years
And a bunch of crosses. They all have individual personalities. Quickest learners of them I've owned and trained.
3-Q horse

46Chincoteague Pony

Its another war horse from India. native strong and quick.. even tempered but always ready to go to war..
Kathiyawari or kathiyawadi horses are the very spacial bread created by kathi people specifically for war. Kathiyawadi horses can run 40-50 miles at a time without stop even a single second and no matter how much lode on their back.. They can run miles & miles in dasurt or sami dasurt area without take water or food. this quality is only in kathiyawadi horce.. They are very loyal to their master. There is one says that" kathiyawadi can't be stolen." Because of their loyalty.. A kathiyawadi horse don't allow a stranger to get a ride. The other breads of horses will continue running if his rider fall down during riding but a purely kathiyawadi horse immediately stop running he will not levels his wrider at any cost. Though the kathiyawadi bread is made specially for war his back is too short that only 1 rider can ride but kathiyawadi horse can lode very heavy load for long distance with saim dpeed this is another specific quality of this bread. Kathiyawadi horses are look wise very similar with marvadi as their tip of ears are touching each other & can be rotate one or different directions at a time. this is another specific mark of this bread. The capacity of make decision at own is only possible in a kathiyawadi horse.. Many examples can be given for this bread to make decision in a war & save the life of his rider in cost of his own life during war.. If you will race in between pure kathiyawadi horse& an Arab horse 100% kathiyawadi horse will win the race. Kathiyawadi horses are in every color but only the black color you can't get because pure kathiyawadi horses have every color except black color. This is another specialty of s kathiyawadi horses. They are most beautiful; wise; jenun; powerful; honest & loyal horses in all over the world.


Nordlands is a Norwegian breed. Their extremely cute and nice ponies!

50Fell Pony
Beautiful, hard working, loyal, affectionate

51Connemara Pony
How in the world is Connemara Pony at 49?!

Honest, beautiful, a friend for life.a very willing and hard working breed.

American Bashkir Curlies are such sweet animals. They are amazing for riders who are allergic, because they have a curly coat that is considered hypoallergenic.

54Newfoundland Pony
The number of Newfoundland Ponies that are in existence today has dwindled to a very small number. They are sweet tempered, very hard working, resilient to harsh cold climates. I feel very fortunate to have a sweet Newfoundland Pony mare and she is a sweetheart!
There are only a handful of Newfoundland ponies anymore. I am blessed to have one. They are gentle in nature but strong in strength. A hard working pony, easy keeper and able to withstand cold harsh winters. A very lovely breed of pony!


56Paso Fino

57Spanish Mustang
The Spanish mustang A mustang is a free-roaming horse that has become an iconic symbol of the spirit of the American West. Mustangs are often called a wild horse. However, this term is incorrect because they are genetically descended from domesticated Spanish horses. A more accurate term is feral horse.

Mustangs were first brought over to the Americas by Spanish explorers. Native Americans quickly adopted the horse as a means of transportation. Pioneers in the American West, ranchers and cowboys also used the hardy, stocky horses for travel.

Mustangs are known for their speed and grace. They measure an average size of 14 - 15 hands and typically weigh around 800 pounds (360 kg). One hand is equivalent to 4 inches (10 cm). Their coloring varies from reddish-brown, black, white or a golden-brown. In the wild, Mustangs have a lifespan of about 15 to 20 years, while domesticated Mustangs can live up to 30 years. Like most horses, mustangs spend much of their day grazing in open plains.

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